Georgia Congressional Map Approved by Judge After General Assembly’s Compliance with Order to Create Majority-Black District

A new Georgia Congressional map, drawn by the GOP, has been approved by a federal judge, marking a victory for the Republicans. The decision was made by US District Judge Steve Jones, who was appointed by Barack Obama. Judge Jones stated that the GOP-led General Assembly had “fully complied” with his previous order, which required the creation of a majority-black congressional district in a part of Atlanta.

According to CBS News, the approved map still allows Republicans to maintain a 9-5 edge for their congressional delegation. The finalized map also significantly alters the district represented by Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath, the 7th Congressional District. Lawmakers have drawn a new majority-Black district west of metro Atlanta, encompassing areas of Cobb, Douglas, and Fulton Counties.

In addition to the congressional map, Judge Jones also approved new legislative maps for state Senate and House districts. The judge found that the original voting lines were crafted in violation of federal voting rights law and required redrawing. He stated that state lawmakers had to create two new Black-majority districts in Georgia’s state Senate and five new Black-majority districts in its state House, which were ultimately approved.

This decision sets the new bounds to be used in the 2024 election. The approval of the GOP-drawn maps ensures that Republicans will maintain their majority for the congressional delegation. This move has far-reaching implications for the upcoming elections and the representation of various communities in Georgia.

The decision has been met with mixed reactions from different political parties and interest groups. Supporters of the GOP-drawn maps view it as a victory for fair representation and compliance with the federal voting rights law. On the other hand, opponents argue that the new maps still perpetuate a system that disadvantages certain communities and dilutes their voting power.

In the midst of ongoing debates and legal challenges, the approval of the new congressional and legislative maps in Georgia signifies a crucial development in the redistricting process. The decision by Judge Jones sets the stage for the upcoming elections and will have a lasting impact on the political landscape of Georgia.

As the state prepares for the 2024 election, the approved maps will play a pivotal role in shaping the representation of different racial and political groups. The outcome of this decision will continue to be a subject of scrutiny and debate as the implications of the new maps unfold in the coming years.

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