The National Conference of State Legislatures is predicting half or more of state lawmakers around the country will have little experience after this fall’s elections. Georgia no doubt will see some new faces under the Gold Dome next year. But the turnover and loss of institutional knowledge will likely be more modest in Georgia.
The Justice Department has approved new district voting maps for Bibb County's school district. But the decision now raises questions about whether the new or old voting plans should be used for primary elections this summer.
After a contentious local attempt to redraw Augusta’s county commission and school board districts, a federal judge’s plan is getting few complaints. The U.S. district judge is now considering comments about his proposed district maps.
Georgia's Attorney General, he's ready to go to court over Georgia's redistricting maps. Democrats promise to fight the maps pre-approved Friday by the Obama administration. Black and Latino lawmakers say, the new boundaries dilute their voting strength. Olens says, he can prove the opposite in court.
Republican state lawmakers approved maps that drew the Congressman out of his district. Barrow says, the GOP majority put politics over population in drawing political boundaries. The new map puts Barrow's home -- heavily Democratic Savannah in the neighboring 1st District.
State lawmakers met Wednesday to adopt guidelines for how to redistrict the state. They’re redrawing political regions to reflect population shifts since the last census. Principles include ensuring districts are equal in population and maintaining communities, counties and cities within the same districts.
Congressional and state lawmakers aren't the only politicians waiting to see redistricting maps. Cities and counties are re-drawing districts following the ten-year Census. But unlike state and federal officials, local leaders don't need to call a state lawmaker to influence the process. In most cases, local planning agencies are the ones carrying out local redistricting.
Georgia's black elected officials are hoping the Republican-dominated state legislature won't target some of their members in the upcoming special session on redistricting. The Georgia Association of Black Elected officials is holding workshops on the once-a-decade process of re-drawing political boundaries at their annual meeting in Savannah this weekend. South Georgia lawmakers are of special concern.