Announcing the Release of Proposed Georgia Unity Redistricting Plans and Maps by the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, GALEO Latino Community Development Fund, Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta
(October 28, 2021)
The Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (Georgia NAACP), GALEO Latino Community Development Fund (GLCDF), 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:
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 which 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 learn more about our organizations, please visit our individual websites at the following links:
Unity Map Proposals
Relevant Testimony Provided by Organizations
Testimony of Barbara Pierce, President, NAACP Georgia State Conference Submitted for the Record to the Georgia House Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committee and Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee Testimony (10/29/2021)