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22 March 2010

Rural Georgia Set To Be Decimated In 2011 Redistricting

The Athens Banner Herald examines the redistricting process that is to come after this year's census is completed, and the news isn't good for rural Georgia.

At least six seats will migrate from South Georgia to the Atlanta area in maps legislators will draft in a special session next year and begin to use in 2012 elections. The 29 counties of metro Atlanta will control 100 seats in the 180-seat House, according to Rep. Roger Lane, chairman of the House Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committee.

Redistricting remains in the back of the mind for most legislators, according to Rep. Ann Purcell, R-Rincon.

"It's a big concern for all of us," she said. "We always lose representation for the Southern part of the state. ... That means instead of having 30 votes in that area of the state, we only have 20."

Jones, Walter C. (2010-3-22). Minds already on redistricting. Athens Banner Herald. Retrieved on 2010-3-22.

So the 2010 census isn't even done yet, and legislators are already thinking about redistricting.

In 2011, there will be a special session to redraw the legislative maps. During that special session, there will plenty of time to talk about maps. Right now, Georgia has a budget crisis. We've got a water crisis. We've got a transportation crisis too. And a record number of this state's citizens are out of work.

Let's keep our eye on the ball here.