Congressional Democrats in Georgia are not very happy right now.
The maps that had been drawn by the GOP legislature have been approved.
According to District Court Judge Steve Jones, who was appointed by Barack Obama, the maps now meet the requirements of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, therefore they are legal.
The initial maps that were drawn were not approved because they did not show black-majority districts, a requirement of Biden’s Voting Rights Act.
So, the GOP created black-majority districts while still being able to retain the same congressional makeup.
Judge Jones stated, “The court finds that the general assembly fully complied with this court’s order requiring the creation of Black-majority districts in the regions of the state where vote dilution was found.”
The ruling continued, “[R]edistricting decisions by a legislative body with an eye toward securing partisan advantage does not alone violate Section 2.
“In fact, the Supreme Court has expressly stated that federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties, given the lack of constitutional authority and the absence of legal standards to direct such decisions.”
In the previous districting maps, Republicans held a 9:5 advantage in the seats, and the new maps will also reflect that advantage, much to the chagrin of Rep. Lucy McBath, whose district is not one of the black-majority districts.
She was livid, stating, “I won’t let Republicans decide when my time in Congress is over.”
Republicans may not, but voters just might unless she decides to move her district.
Georgia is one of a handful of states where Republicans will be counted on to win big in order for the GOP to maintain control of the House while hopefully winning the Senate back.
If the GOP cannot take control of Congress, winning the White House will be a moot point because a Republican president will not be able to get anything passed if Democrats control a chamber and can block the legislation.