Democratic leader warns colleagues against backing GOP plan

By Aaron Gould Sheinin and Kristina Torres The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The top Democrat in the…

Georgia (Aug 12, 2011) — By Aaron Gould Sheinin and Kristina Torres

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The top Democrat in the Georgia House has threatened to field primary challengers against any fellow Democrat who votes for a GOP-drawn redistricting map.  

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, told fellow Democrats in an e-mail obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Republican plans for new district lines are discriminatory and represent a "roll-back of voting rights in Georgia" -- a charge Republicans reject as partisan sour grapes. Abrams said she will work tirelessly to re-elect Democrats who vote against the plan when lawmakers return to Atlanta next week and that "we will hold every YES vote for this map accountable."

Abrams' message comes as lawmakers prepare to return to Atlanta on Monday for a special session on redistricting. Every 10 years following the Census, legislators must redraw the maps delineating districts for the state House and Senate as well as the U.S. House. It is an intensely partisan affair as the ruling party -- in this case, Republicans -- can create maps that benefit its goal of maximizing power. …

 But Kerwin Swint, a professor of political science at Kennesaw State University and an expert on redistricting, said Abrams is following a plan.

"The Democrats are in a terrible position," he said. "They're not going to be happy no matter what. Even if they bent over backwards to be fair, it would still be a Republican map. She wants to speak with a unified voice, particularly if there is a court challenge."  

 

But Kerwin Swint, a professor of political science at Kennesaw State University and an expert on redistricting, said Abrams is following a plan.

"The Democrats are in a terrible position," he said. "They're not going to be happy no matter what. Even if they bent over backwards to be fair, it would still be a Republican map. She wants to speak with a unified voice, particularly if there is a court challenge."  

 



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