Redistricting is traditionally the re-drawing of legislative district lines after the national U.S. Census, which is conducted every 10 years. The idea behind redistricting is to ensure the population is evenly divided among districts. As population patterns change, districts need to be adjusted to ensure each district has approximately the same number of people. However, in Georgia – and many other states – the people who stand to benefit and lose the most with how districts are drawn, our elected officials, are the very people who redraw the districts. This tends to lead to a practice known as Gerrymandering, which undermines our democracy and distorts representation.
“Gerrymandering” is a common process to redraw the lines of voter districts to benefit incumbent candidates. It ultimately takes away our ability to have fair elections with an equal choice of candidates. It is used as a tool to ensure that the same results occur, election after election, causing nothing to change with our representatives. If Georgia Redistricting is led by our Legislators, many of our districts throughout the state will be left without fair choices at the polls. Legislative redistricting allows our Legislators to draw their own districts and congressional maps – gerrymandering. This skews our democracy and can choose our candidates for us at the primary level. The current system is broken and we need to make a change.