As the special legislative session for redistricting gets underway, Georgia Senate Republicans revealed they plan on ramming their proposed map – which received an “F” grade in a non-partisan analysis – through the legislature before the end of the week.
After Republican Senators released their proposed map late Tuesday, on the eve of the special session, today Republicans revealed they hope to pass the map as soon as tomorrow – less than 72 hours after releasing it to the public. As of now, Republicans have indicated that the only opportunity for public comment on the map would occur today, offering extremely limited opportunity for public feedback.
“Georgians have demanded fair maps and a transparent redistricting process, and Georgia Senate Republicans are failing on both fronts,” said Scott Hogan, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Georgians deserve an open redistricting process – not one that rushes a decision that will affect Georgians for the next decade. Republicans must give voters a meaningful opportunity for feedback on their proposed map and give serious consideration to Senate Democrats’ proposal, which protects the interests of Georgia voters.”
In contrast, Georgia Senate Democrats’ proposed map, which was composed with public input and released a week before special session convened, received an “A” grade for fairness from the same non-partisan experts.