Lawsuit: GA House districts ‘gerrymandered’ to remove minority voters

By | April 25, 2017

A new federal lawsuit claims Georgia illegally gerrymandered two state House districts by moving minority voters out of the districts of two vulnerable white Republican lawmakers.

The suit, filed Monday by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, claims that the districts of Reps. Joyce Chandler, R-Grayson, and Brian Strickland, R-McDonough, were redrawn in 2015 to increase the percentage of white voters to “guarantee the election of white incumbents,” Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers Committee, said Monday.

The suit names the state of Georgia and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who administers elections, as defendants. Monday is a Georgia state holiday and officials in the secretary of state’s office could not immediately be reached for comment. A spokesman for House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, declined to comment. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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