ATLANTA – Today, the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus released its proposed legislative district map for the 2021 special session on redistricting. Georgians continue to demand an open and fair process resulting in maps reflecting the growing diversity of our state. This map, which was developed with careful consideration and input from stakeholders, demonstrates the Democratic Party’s commitment to a fair, transparent, and inclusive redistricting effort.
The Senate map was drawn to meet equal population requirements, to provide fair racial representation, and to maintain the core of most existing districts. This map also acknowledges the population growth in urban and suburban Metro Atlanta by increasing representation there. Submitted by Senate Minority Leader Gloria Butler, the proposed map redraws the state’s 56 Senate districts in a way that allows for increased participation by racial minorities.
“Our map reflects Georgia’s growing diversity, and it is responsive to the will of the people. We cannot create maps that allow any party to be immune to accountability. We have a sacred responsibility to get this right – to ensure that the only power we are preserving is the power of the people’s vote,” Butler said.
The proposal contains 22 districts in which minorities are a majority of residents and a majority of the voting age population, an increase from the 20 such districts that currently exist. The new map also more fairly represents the partisan makeup of Georgia’s electorate by establishing 25 districts that will likely elect Democrats, 27 that will likely elect Republicans, and 4 competitive districts.
The Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus encourages all Georgians to utilize the Joint Reapportionment online portal to provide feedback and comments on this proposal.
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