ATLANTA — One week from a special legislative session called to redraw Georgia’s legislative and congressional maps, the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus released its proposed legislative district map.

The proposal contains 22 districts in which minorities are a majority of residents and a majority of the voting age population, an increase from the 20 such districts that currently exist.

The maps would split Walton County among three Senate districts, instead of two as it is now.

In a statement, Democrats said the new map more fairly represents the partisan makeup of Georgia’s electorate by establishing 25 districts that will likely elect Democrats, 27 that will likely elect Republicans, and four competitive districts.

Submitted by Senate Minority Leader Gloria Butler, the proposed map redraws the state’s 56 Senate districts in a way that allows for increased participation by racial minorities, the party said.

“Our map reflects Georgia’s growing diversity, and it is responsive to the will of the people,” Butler said. “We cannot create maps that allow any party to be immune to accountability. We have a sacred responsibility to get this right – to ensure that the only power we are preserving is the power of the people’s vote.”

Walton County would remain in the 25th District, now held by Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, and 46th District, held by Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens. However, the Democratic proposal would put the northern part of the county in District 45, now represented by Sen. Clint Dixon, R-Buford.

Jones is not seeking reelection in 2022, instead running for lieutenant governor.

Last week, the Georgia House and Senate Democratic caucuses Thursday released their own proposed congressional map. That map, which proposes more of a 50-50 split between GOP- and Democratic-leaning districts, follows a GOP-proposed map released in late September.

With the GOP holding majorities in both the state House and Senate, none of the proposed Democratic maps are likely to get serious consideration.

David Clemons, the editor and publisher of The Walton Tribune, contributed to this report from Monroe.


Staff writer | Capitol Beat News Service

Tim Darnell is a staff writer for the Capitol Beat News Service.

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