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ORGANIZATIONS REVEAL PROPOSED GEORGIA UNITY REDISTRICTING PLANS AND MAPS

October 29, 2021

GALEO

Jerry Gonzalez

CEO

jerry@galeo.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORGANIZATIONS REVEAL PROPOSED GEORGIA UNITY REDISTRICTING PLANS AND MAPS

Norcross, GA  –  The GALEO Latino Community Development Fund (GALEO LCDF), the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (Georgia NAACP), Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda (People’s Agenda), and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta (ULGA) are proud to announce that we have issued proposed unity redistricting maps and data for Georgia’s Congressional, State Senate, and State House districts. 

 

All of our organizations are non-profit, non-partisan organizations. These maps reflect our goal of creating redistricting plans that are fair, reflective of the rich diversity of our state, and which take into account the significant population shifts and growth in our state as reported in the 2020 Census.

 

Since 2004, the white percentage of the Georgia electorate has steadily decreased while the percentage of the minority electorate has steadily increased, with the white share of the overall state population falling from 55.9 percent to 50.1 percent.  As a result, people of color in Georgia now comprise almost half of the total population of the state. Our proposed maps, which adhere to the Georgia General Assembly’s redistricting principles, with a particular interest in adherence to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, give Georgia’s voters of color a meaningful opportunity to elect candidates of choice. Several highlights from our proposed maps include:

  • 8 of 14 (57%) congressional districts are majority people of color
  • 8 of 14 (57%) congressional districts are majority voting-age people of color
  • 7 of 14 (50%) congressional districts are majority citizen voting-age people of color
  • 7 of 14 (50%) congressional districts are majority registered voters of color
  • 31 of 56 (55%) state senate districts are majority people of color
  • 29 of 56 (52%) state senate districts are majority voting-age people of color
  • 26 of 56 (46%) state senate districts are majority citizen voting-age people of color
  • 27 of 56 (48%) state senate districts are majority registered voters of color
  • 96 of 180 (53%) state house districts are majority people of color
  • 94 of 180 (52%) state house districts are majority voting-age people of color
  • 82 of 180 (46%) state house districts are majority citizen voting-age people of color,
  • 87 of 180 (48%) state house districts are majority registered voters of color.

Our proposed maps demonstrate that the creation of redistricting plans where Georgians of color have an equal opportunity to elect candidates of choice is possible without partisan or racial gerrymandering.  Moreover, our proposed maps unpack districts that are over-concentrated with voters of color, while observing traditional geographic county and city concerns, particularly in the Atlanta region. With reference to the Georgia Senate, a new Asian-American opportunity district was created amid the meeting point of Forsyth, Gwinnett, and Fulton counties. A majority Latino/Hispanic district was also created in northern Dekalb County and western Gwinnett County.

If you like what you see on these unity maps and support our joint efforts to advocate for the drawing of fair redistricting maps which reflect the rich diversity of our state, please take a few moments to voice your support of our maps to the Georgia General Assembly’s Joint Reapportionment Committee through its public comment portal at this link: https://www.legis.ga.gov/joint-office/reapportionment/public-comments?edit_requested=true 

 

To see the maps and associated files, please visit:  www.GeorgiaUnityMaps.org 

 

To learn more about our organizations, please visit our individual websites at the following links: 

 

Georgia State Conference of the NAACP: https://www.naacpga.org

GALEO Latino Community Development Fund: https://galeo.org

Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda: https://thepeoplesagenda.org

Urban League of Greater Atlanta: https://ulgatl.org

 

 

GALEO is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, founded in 2003. GALEO strives for a better Georgia where the Latinx community is engaged civically. GALEO contributions increase civic participation of the Latinx community and develop prominent Latino leaders throughout Georgia.
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