Current Georgia Senate District 56 includes SE Cherokee Co, NE Cobb County, and a Western sliver of Fulton County. The latest gerrymandered District from our current set of Senators in their attempts to protect their majority - 191,000 souls reside here. Lines are drawn and approved by the majority Party.
The Gaming of our Districts from the Founding Fathers forward and its getting worse.
Gerrymandering is a political tactic nearly as old as the United States. In designing Virginia’s very first congressional map, Patrick Henry attempted to draw district boundaries that would block his rival, James Madison, from winning a seat. But gerrymandering has also changed dramatically since the founding: today, intricate computer algorithms and sophisticated data about voters allow map drawers to game redistricting on a massive scale with surgical precision. To be fair, both Parties have used the 10 year redraw to their favor, but Republicans made it a Science and a strategy to win legislation and elections forever.
The For the People Act, a landmark piece of federal democracy reform legislation that has already passed the House, represents a major step toward curbing political gamesmanship in map drawing. The bill would enhance transparency, strengthen protections for communities of color, and ban partisan gerrymandering in congressional redistricting. It would also improve voters’ ability to challenge gerrymandered maps in court. Tell your Senators to act responsibly.