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Georgia Senate GOP passes map to retain Republican majority

Posted at 6:00 PM, Nov 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-09 18:00:14-05

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Senate Republicans are pushing through a map designed to maintain their strong majority in the chamber.

The Senate voted 34-21 along party lines on Tuesday to advance the new map, sending it to the House for more debate.

Democrats say the plan doesn’t reflect Georgia’s nearly 50-50 partisan split and denies opportunities to nonwhite voters.

Republicans say it keeps communities together and protects incumbents.

A House committee on Tuesday approved a map projected to elect 98 Republicans in the 180-member House. The full House could voted on that map Wednesday.

Lawmakers must redraw electoral districts at least once every decade to equalize populations following the U.S. Census.