Mon., February 7, 2011 4:46pm (EST)

Redistricting Tug-Of-War Begins
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
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Senate Democrats are calling for the creation of a new office that would address the minority party's concerns in this summer's redistricting process.

Democrats balked last week as the Legislature's GOP leadership announced the establishment of a Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Office to handle redistricting, ending along-standing arrangement with the University of Georgia's nonpartisan Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Democrats say they weren't consulted about the decision, and are concerned about what they see as partisan and unfair changes to the process.

Sen. Horacena Tate, who chairs the Senate Democratic Caucus Reapportionment Committee, sent a Monday letter to House Speaker David Ralston and Senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams airing concerns.