Saturday, February 12, 2022

GA Judge Vows To Delay Primaries Amid Suits Claiming Gerrymandering

A Federal Judge in Georgia believes that Black and Brown Americans have as much right to Vote as White Americans, and he’s willing to hold up the Primaries to make sure that happens.

“I could change the whole calendar,” U.S. District Judge Steve Jones, said in Court Wednesday, indicating that he may put the Midterms off the Schedule to consider the Three Lawsuits alleging Gerrymandered Maps that Discriminate against Black Voters and are in Violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). “I need to hear all the evidence before I make a decision,” Jones said.

Jones could very well Delay the Primaries until June or July, if he rules that the State’s New Republican-drawn Maps Illegally weaken the representation of Black Voters.

The latest Census data shows Georgia's Black Population has grown by nearly 16% in the last Decade, making up a Third of Georgia's 10.7 million Residents, while the number of White Georgians has Dropped, meaning the State is on track to be Majority Nonwhite in the near future. As it stands now, the New GOP-drawn Maps position Republicans to gain a Seat in Congress.

Plaintiffs in the Suit are urging Jones, to demand the Georgia General Assembly Redraw the Political Maps so that they include more Majority-Black Districts.

Attorneys for the State claim that Delaying Elections would cause chaos. But, several County Election Officials vouch for the Plaintiffs and say the Delay would give everyone involved more time to prepare for the Nov. 8 General Election.

In a State with a Million New potential Voters since 2010, according to the recent Census, Redrawing Districts is the necessary Republican Power move.

Governor Kemp quietly signed the New Maps into Law last December, after a Special Legislative session, essentially codifying Republican Dominance in a State that has seen a lightening-fast Political and Demographic shift toward Democrats.

Georgia's current U.S. House Delegation has Eight Republicans and Six Democrats, but the proposed drastic Overhaul to the 6th and 7th Districts in Atlanta's Northern Suburbs, could almost surely result in Nnine Republicans after the 2022 Midterm Elections.

"Rather than draw this additional congressional district to allow Georgians of color the opportunity to elect their preferred candidates, the General Assembly instead chose to 'pack' some black voters in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, and 'crack' other black voters among rural-reaching, predominantly white districts," the Filing reads.

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