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Gerrymandering

Un-rigging the Map

 Congressional maps that would violate a 7 percent efficiency gap threshold (in states with at least five districts). Red favor Republicans; blue favor Democrats.  Related Article

Congressional maps that would violate a 7 percent efficiency gap threshold (in states with at least five districts). Red favor Republicans; blue favor Democrats. Related Article

Re-districting in Georgia

Georgia is one of the most gerrymandered states in our country. For a long time, Americans believed their vote mattered — maybe not enough to get out and vote in every election — but at least it was a concept they held onto. That belief is slipping away.

Georgia constituents are doubtful, confused and question if their votes even count. Is the system rigged? Can districts be restored? We believe it is going to take a lot of work to set things right, but we are up for the challenge.

The process of electing officials must be fair. Georgians understand that gerrymandering is used to empower only a part of those in power and excludes another part of constituents throughout the state.

Two cases, Benisek v. Lamone (Maryland) and Gill v. Whitford (Wisconsin), are pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court issued a stay in North Carolina's case, allowing its partisan maps to go forward this year, but declined to hear the Pennsylvania case.

There is hope that the Supreme Court will eliminate the worst abuses of gerrymandering. However in the interim, now is not the time to wait for others to take action. Gerrymandering is not a left or right issue, it is a matter of what is RIGHT and what is WRONG.

Educating and empowering Georgians about and on what is at risk is critical to ensuring that the fundamentals of our democracy are preserved. Legislators should not be allowed to choose their constituents. Our Constitutions states that constituents should be allowed to elect their legislators.

Redistricting should be transparent and be a fair and open process. Redistricting should ensure we have fair districts and fair representation, otherwise the principles of our democracy are undermined. We must fight to put democracy back into the hands of Georgia voters.

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