Statement from Eric Holder on Georgia’s Congressional Map Proposal
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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 following statement on the surprise Republican congressional map proposal:
“The map that Georgia Republicans released today without consulting their legislative colleagues or the public they are supposed to serve, completely disrespects Georgians. It is a map born of arrogance and political greed. As recent election results have shown, Georgia is politically a very closely divided state. A fair map would reflect that and give voters an opportunity to elect a congressional delegation that allows for the representative balance that recent elections have warranted. This map fails to do that.
“Contrary to what Georgia Republicans are saying, this map unfairly consolidates or separates communities of color, fails to take the census data trends into account, insufficiently represents a diversifying Atlanta metro area, and decreases the voting power of African American voters in a historic black district. This is not acceptable.
“The process thus far has been neither transparent nor responsive to the will of Georgians – who overwhelmingly testified in favor of an open process. We will continue to fight to ensure that there is a transparent process that is fair and that results in maps that accurately reflect the growing and diverse Georgia of today and the will of the people – not the politicians – of the state.”