Georgia

Georgia is a growing state that could gain a congressional seat following the 2020 Census. Republicans in Georgia have a history of gerrymandering, including mid-cycle redistricting in 2015 to lock in their majorities in the state legislature. Our electoral targets include the open governor’s seat and the state Senate.

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How Redistricting Happened 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

Voters have the chance to replace outgoing Republican Governor Deal and state senators with Democrats who can stop an unfair map.

Know the Races that Impact Redistricting

  • Governor. Former State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is an historic candidate committed to fighting for fair districts, and if she wins, she’ll have veto power over maps drawn in 2021.
  • State Senate. In December 2017, Republicans lost their supermajority in the state Senate. We can make more progress this year when all senators are up for election. The entire chamber is up again in 2020.

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

Georgia Lower Chamber
64

Democratic-held
seats

116

Republican-held
seats

Georgia Upper Chamber
19

Democratic-held
seats

37

Republican-held
seats

3 Register to Vote

Register to vote in Georgia

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

4 Vote

Vote for candidates who will unrig the system. We will have a list of candidates we are supporting later in the year.

 

Primary Election Date: May 22, 2018

General Election Date: November 6, 2018

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.

Get Involved in Georgia Today

The fight to fix gerrymandering is right now—and we need your help Georgia! Here’s what you can do:

Join Organizing for ‘18

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee and Organizing for Action (OFA) launched a partnership to build a more fair democracy by strategically targeting legislative chambers, governorships, and ballot initiatives that will be critical in determining how maps are drawn after the 2020 Census.

Join a Local OFA Chapter

Alongside the National Redistricting Action Fund (an NDRC affiliate), OFA is engaging with activists and volunteers to help educate people about gerrymandering and involve them in the process of fixing a badly rigged political system.

Attend Events Near You

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) and MobilizeAmerica have teamed up to bring you the highest-impact volunteer opportunities in Georgia to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket — and bring an end to Republican gerrymandering.

You can register to vote for the general election in Georgia up until October 9, 2018.

Register
to Vote