Atlanta, Georgia 2021-06-16 06:47:56 –
Georgia parliamentarians have begun the process of redrawing parliament, legislative and other constituencies, setting up a confrontation between Republicans seeking to retain power and a majority of Democrats.
The House and Senate Joint Constituency Change Committee met on Tuesday to hold an online hearing to gather testimony about what citizens want to see at the boundaries of the new district. Nine more hearings will be held in the state between June 28th and July 29th, and a second online hearing will be held on July 30th.
Republican Republican Bonnie Rich, chairman of the House of Representatives Legislative and Parliamentary Redistribution Committee, said lawmakers tried to listen on Tuesday.
“Our purpose is to listen primarily to Georgians and the general public, our members,” Rich said.
Many supporters questioned the openness of lawmakers to meaningful public opinion and called for greater transparency. They also complained about the short notice of the hearing and the unannounced location of future hearings.
Andrea Young, Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said:Liberty’s Union
State and local governments need to redraw the lines of Congress, legislative assembly, and other constituencies once every ten years following the US Census to balance the population. This process helps determine which party will be in power over the next decade. The current map of Georgia was drawn to strongly support Republicans.
The state’s overall population has grown by nearly 10% over a decade to 10.7 million, but more detailed census results are expected to show uneven growth, with most new residents in Atlanta and the coast. Concentrated along the coast. Many rural areas may have lost their population.
The ideal US House of Representatives has 765,136 residents, while the State Senate has an average of 191,284 and the State House has an average of 59,511.
The Republican Party created a parliamentary map of Georgia in 2010 with the aim of giving the party 10 seats. However, Democrat Lucy McBath took District 6 in 2018, and Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux won District 7 last year, bringing the Republican majority to 8-6 seats. The GOP is widely expected to try to redraw at least one of these seats in a more favorable way for Republican challengers.
Gerrymandering also influences the General Assembly. Athens-Clark County is divided into three State Capitol districts, of which Joe Biden accounts for 70% of the votes, even though the county is large enough for the entire two State Capitol districts. Only one of them is represented by the Democratic Party.
Thanks to increasingly sophisticated mapping techniques, critics say that instead of voters choosing civil servants, incumbents can often choose their voters. Some Georgian Democrats have called for an independent committee to redraw the district, but their proposal has not received the support of Republican leaders. Top Republicans, such as Speaker of the House David Ralston, say they used constituency changes to maximize their dominance when the Democrats ruled the General Assembly.
It’s been decades since Georgia no longer needs federal approval to change district boundaries after the US Supreme Court withdrew part of the voting rights law. However, even after lawmakers approve a new line to claim to be racist, people can file proceedings under federal law.
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