Press Release: ACLU of Georgia Reminds State Legislators of Legal Obligations to Comply with the Voting Rights Act, U.S. Constitution during Redistricting Process in Special Session

Letters Provide Demographic Data for Each House and Senate District

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ATLANTA – Today, the ACLU of Georgia sent letters to all members of the Georgia Legislature to remind them of their legal obligations to comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (“VRA”) and the U.S. Constitution when considering how to draw the new legislative maps in the upcoming redistricting process.

Specifically, the ACLU of Georgia stated that the legislature must ensure that new maps

  • comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965,

  • comply with the U.S. Constitution, and

  • fairly reflect the power of voters of color.

In addition, the ACLU of Georgia provided legislators with Census data released in August of 2021 that shows the demographic changes that have occurred over the past decade in each State House or Senate district as well as in the state of Georgia.

“All the growth Georgia has seen in the past decade has been driven by people of color. Legislators should take this diversity into account during the redistricting process, and they must comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as the Constitution when drawing new maps,” said Sean J. Young, legal director of the ACLU of Georgia.