Organized by The New Georgia Project in GA
This is a drive run by The New Georgia Project to collect communities of interest in Georgia.
This organization has partnered with Representable to allow people to draw communities of interest and share information about the interests and needs in those communities.
Making this information available encourages mapmakers to take these communities into account during redistricting, in order to avoid gerrymandering and the “packing and cracking” of marginalized groups.
In Georgia, maps are drawn by the Legislature. In the event that the Census Bureau delays releasing population data, to maintain the current primary schedule, the Legislature will need to hold a special session in fall 2021 or work early in the 2022 session to complete redistricting.
In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Georgia’s state constitution requires that state legislative districts:
In the redistricting process, your state has previously required the consideration of communities of interest (COIs). Though currently undefined under state guidelines, a community of interest is typically a population that shares cultural, historical, or economic interests. Communities do not necessarily share the same political viewpoints or support for certain candidates or political parties. Add your community to contribute your voice to the redistricting process