Eric Holder on the Georgia General Assembly’s Passage of Gerrymandered Congressional Map

November 22, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Today, Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States and chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, released the below statement following the Georgia General Assembly’s passage of a gerrymandered congressional map: 

“Only days after passing gerrymandered state legislative maps, Republicans in the General Assembly have outdone themselves with a politically-motivated congressional map designed to silence the voices of the people of Georgia—particularly communities of color. Georgia’s Republican legislators had every opportunity to draw a fair map that reflects the state’s political parity and allows for representative balance. They have failed to accomplish that simple task, choosing instead to force an undemocratic map on voters, and shamefully prioritizing their desire for political power over the interest of the people.

“What we have in Georgia today is a breakdown in democracy. Not only is the map itself an exercise in arrogance and an insult to Georgia’s voters, the process that created it is just as unacceptable and unfair. The people have been denied any modicum of transparency and must now vote using maps that ignore the 2020 Census data, illegally separates or illegally consolidates communities of color, and decreases black voting power. These self-interested politicians owed their voters the opportunity to elect the leadership of their choosing, and they have utterly failed to do so.”