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Redistricting session continues with drastic changes in Georgia demographics to consider

Georgia lawmakers are continuing their special session under the Gold Dome — tasked with re-drawing Georgia’s legislative and congressional boundaries.
Georgia lawmakers are continuing their special session under the Gold Dome — tasked with re-drawing Georgia’s legislative and congressional boundaries.
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Georgia lawmakers are continuing their special session under the Gold Dome — tasked with re-drawing Georgia’s legislative and congressional boundaries.

It’s a process that follows every U.S. Census, as the U.S. Constitution requires all districts to be as equal in population as possible.

Even so, politics always seem to find their way into the mix. Democrats are looking to make gains while ensuring Georgia’s diversifying eligible voting population is fairly represented.

According to U.S. Census data and an analysis by the ACLU of Georgia, over the last decade Georgia’s eligible Black voting population grew by about 19%; Hispanic by 38%; Asian by 57%; and non-Hispanic White by 2%.

This as the GOP still controls the state legislature and wants to keep it that way.

Carl Cavalli is a political science professor at the University of North Georgia. He spoke with WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress for a redistricting breakdown, and started by discussing how Georgia’s map might shift.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.