Georgia

Republicans in Georgia have a history of gerrymandering, including mid-cycle redistricting in 2015 to lock in their majorities in the state legislature. In 2018, we helped Democrats flip two seats in the state Senate and 14 seats in the state House. Georgia will remain an NDRC target in 2020 — we are targeting the state House.

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Redistricting in Georgia

The following timeline is a high-level overview outlining major redistricting events and activity in the state of Georgia over the last 10 years.

2010

Republicans won trifecta control of the state, meaning that Republicans controlled the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

2011

Census data delivered to Georgia.

Republican-controlled legislature approved legislative and congressional maps, despite claims that they were gerrymandered and/or diluted minority voting strength.

Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed redistricting maps into law.

2012

Republican legislature revised state legislative maps.

Gov. Deal signed the revised maps into law.

2015

Republican legislature re-drew state maps again in a third round of redistricting this decade.

Gov. Deal signed the third map into law.

2017

The Georgia state chapter of the NAACP and a group of individual voters filed federal lawsuits to challenge the 2015 mid-cycle redistricting as a racial gerrymander and violation of Section 2 of the Voting Right Act. The consolidated cases are pending.

Republicans attempted to redraw state legislative lines a fourth time, but the NDRC and its allies stepped in to amplify the voices of voters who opposed the mid-cycle redistricting.

2018

On Election Day, Democrats flipped two seats in the state Senate and 14 seats in the state House.

1 Know the Decision Makers

The redistricting process is controlled by different elected officials in each state. Knowing who they are and when to vote for them is the key to creating a fairer redistricting process. Both congressional and legislative lines in Georgia are drawn by:

  • Governor
  • State Senate
  • State House

2 Know Your State Legislature

Projected state legislature make-up starting in 2019.

Georgia Lower Chamber
73

Democratic-held
seats

105

Republican-held
seats

Georgia Upper Chamber
21

Democratic-held
seats

35

Republican-held
seats

3 Register to Vote

Register to vote in Georgia

You can also confirm that you are already registered to vote.

Court Cases Impacting Georgia

Currently, there are two active court cases in Georgia. The Georgia state chapter of the NAACP and a group of individual voters supported by the National Redistricting Foundation filed federal lawsuits to challenge two state House districts drawn in the 2015 mid-cycle redistricting as racial gerrymanders and a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. These cases were consolidated and are pending before the court.  A different group of individual plaintiffs supported by the National Redistricting Foundation filed a separate lawsuit to challenge the 2011 congressional map as a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Dwight v. Kemp

Georgia voters sued Secretary of State Brian Kemp over the state's congressional map, alleging a violation of the Voting Rights Act. Read the complaint.

Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. Kemp

In consolidated cases, the NAACP and voters supported by the National Redistricting Foundation, the NDRC's affiliate, are challenging two districts in the state House of Representatives map as a racial gerrymander and violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Read most recent opinion on the racial gerrymandering claim.

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