Today, the Georgia House and Senate Democratic Caucuses released their proposed congressional map ahead of the special legislative session starting November 3. The proposed map for Georgia’s fourteen congressional districts was composed with careful consideration of data and input from a diverse array of stakeholders and voters across the state.
Georgia is already one of the most diverse states in the country and becoming increasingly more diverse. This proposed congressional map provides a fair opportunity for voters of color in Georgia to elect the representatives of their choice, as minorities make up a majority of the residents in six of the fourteen districts (Districts 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, and 13). The proposal also fairly represents the partisan makeup of Georgia’s evenly-divided electorate, with seven districts that lean Democratic and seven districts that lean Republican. Additionally, with seven districts centered within Metro Atlanta, this proposal rightly acknowledges that more than half of all Georgians live in Metro Atlanta, which has driven more than two-thirds of Georgia’s population growth over the last decade.
“Georgia has changed significantly over the last decade, and our proposed congressional map reflects that growth. We are proud to have collaborated with Georgia House and Senate Democrats to devise a congressional map that recognizes Georgia’s rich diversity and evolving political landscape,” said Congressman Sanford Bishop, Dean of the Georgia Congressional Delegation. “Georgia voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around, and this map guarantees that.”
“Georgia Democrats have spent the past several months engaging with the public on the redistricting process, and this proposal is a culmination of those extensive conversations,” said State Representative James Beverly, House Minority Leader. “This map reflects what the people of Georgia have said is important to them – fairness, transparency, inclusivity, and integrity. We will continue fighting throughout the special legislative session for maps that embody those values and for all Georgians’ voices to be heard in our democracy.”
‘As we crafted this proposed map, we wanted to ensure that it takes into account population trends within Georgia, reflects the will of Georgia voters at the ballot box, and allows voters of color an equal opportunity to elect their candidates of choice. This proposal accomplishes all three of these goals,” said State Senator Gloria Butler, Senate Minority Leader. “As stewards of the trust bestowed in us by the people of Georgia, we will always work to ensure that districts belong to citizens – not to elected officials.”
Georgia Democrats encourage all Georgians to utilize the Joint Reapportionment online portal to provide feedback and comments on this proposal.