Town hall meeting
What: Public hearing on statewide legislative redistricting
When: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15
How to view: online at legis.ga.gov
A virtual town hall meeting on statewide legislative redistricting is set for 5-7 p.m.Tuesday, June 15.
Legislators plan to hear from residents about reapportionment — the once-a-decade process of creating and updating state and congressional district lines. The process can be quite contentious as lines are drawn on the backdrop of power struggles between parties in the state and nation. How the lines are drawn may give one party or the other an advantage in a specific area.
Speaker slots have been filled for the meeting, but Georgians can still view the event live at legis.ga.gov. The meeting is being held by the House Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment Committee and the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee.
More information about how the public may submit written comments will be announced later, according to a press release from the committees.
Legislators could take up redistricting in a special session starting in November or early December, said state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, on Monday, June 14.
In the public hearings, “we want to make sure that every citizen of Georgia, every voter of Georgia has a voice,” he said. “Every voice deserves to be heard.”
The town hall is a part of a series of public sessions that will be held across Georgia. Those details will also be announced later.
The redistricting process usually starts earlier, but the 2020 U.S. Census population counts that drive the process were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials believe the chances of Georgia adding another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is bleak, as the state was one of the lowest-performing states in census participation, totaling roughly 84%.
Only 62.9% of the state self-reported for the census. Georgia ranked 38th out 50 states and is below the national self-participation rate of 67%.
See the original story at the Gainesville times here.