Georgia Democrats eye longshot redistricting bid

State Sen. Elena Parent and state Rep. Pat Gardner. AJC file.

State Sen. Elena Parent and state Rep. Pat Gardner. AJC photo.

It is the longest of long shots: A pair of Georgia Democrats said Tuesday they plan to introduce legislation that would overhaul the way legislative districts are drawn by taking it away from the Legislature and giving it to an independent commission.

State Sen. Elena Parent and state Rep. Pat Gardner acknowledged at a press conference Tuesday it was virtually impossible to secure its passage in the GOP-held Legislature.

But they also sent two other important signals. First, they haven’t closed the door on legal action that could force changes in the way districts are drawn, such as the lawsuits in North Carolina and Virginia that could force sweeping changes.

And second, they also wanted to serve notice to their fellow Democrats that they will press for the bill if their party ever regained control of the legislative branch.

“This is not about partisan advantage,” said Gardner. “We have members of the Democratic caucus who won’t sign the bill, and Republicans who are appalled by it.”

Insider’s note: This item was ripped from the Morning Jolt. 

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Jerry H Holloway
Jerry H Holloway

Why didn't they do this before they lost now they want to change it to help them

Jim67
Jim67

Because, in case you haven't noticed, the Republicans won't let any measures proposed by Democrats come up for vote and haven't since the state went deep red.


AJ Roth
AJ Roth

Any district should be arranged in a contiguous area, not a snaking pattern picking and choosing areas to include based on project voting patterns. Lay out a grid across the state and whatever falls in it is the district.

Ben Bryant
Ben Bryant

Yeah "long shot" is an understatement.

Jim Strong
Jim Strong

IN GEORGIA WE ALREADY HAVE WHAT IN AFFECT IS A COMMISSION, CALLED THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE UNDER THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT !!! THANK YOU DEMOCRATS FOR YOUR PAST BIGOTRY !!!

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

How about some politicians that cared about Georgia citizens..

Chee Hill
Chee Hill

Socialists in Georgia?? Talk about desperate!

James Devere
James Devere

Yeah,socialists in Georgia. They're called Democrats.

Jan Carlson Jacobs Sponaugle
Jan Carlson Jacobs Sponaugle

Did you notice our ballot in November.....most categories didn't have a Democrat running.....no reason to waste their time and money.....this state is so gerrymandered that we no longer have a choice on Georgia. I say get an impartial commission to get it done right!

Linda Randles Bills
Linda Randles Bills

An INDEPENDENT commission needs to draw the redistricting plan. Republicans and democrats alike will try to draw the district's to their benefit. No everything to have one party districts should be allowed.

Al Toth
Al Toth

Gerrymandering is now illegal and redistricting by independent outside agent can be done.

Billy Strain
Billy Strain

Good luck to them, but I don't the GOP-controlled legislature isn't going to give up their advantage, but I'd agree, and independent commission would be the fairest way to it.

Ben Andrews
Ben Andrews

People saying "if democrats were in power they would do the same thing republicans are doing" are only adding weight to the case that it should be handled by an independent commission.

Vincent Nassef
Vincent Nassef

will you dam democrats give up. we will not comply to anything you want, you are all corrupt to the core. we want our country back and dam it we are taking it back .onw way or another, so all you democrats can go find a job at burger king you have ysed and inslaved we the people long enough, get lost

Daniel Hampton
Daniel Hampton

Hell no. I've been shoved in Helium Hank Johnson's district for the last decade because the last redistricting.

Garey Wood
Garey Wood

Elected members of the legislature should draw the districts.

Joe Hoopaugh
Joe Hoopaugh

If you cant win with your liberal policies, change the rules...

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

no. by independent commission you mean a bunch of rats .

Thomas Harrison
Thomas Harrison

Should be a independent organization doing the remapping.

James Campbell
James Campbell

Yeah, right. When they realize they can't get majority support from the voters of Georgia, the dems want to rig the process to gain back some ground. Dems will never admit they have lost relevance with mainstream voters and only appeal to the fringe politically correct voting blocks.

Wallace Mathis
Wallace Mathis

Democrats drew them the last hundred years.....Republicans draw them the next hundred!!

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor

Just have two Reps and one Senator from each County.

Turner Jemison
Turner Jemison

Always in campaign mode... attack/invade/divide/fundraise... a vicious cycle for the low information liberals desperate to fill the holes in their lives... sheep...

John Johnson
John Johnson

It was said by the chair of re districting committee under a late democratic Speaker of the House: "The first thing is to start with Tye Speaker's district. Once that's satisfactory the rest is smooth sailing." ( or words to that effect). Only a party out of power wants a different procedure. That said, gerrymandering is wrong no matter who does it--but can one cite an "independent commission " appointed by a political body that acts apolitically?

Sam Basye
Sam Basye

Damn you, 19th Amendment! ✊✊✊

Boyd Palmore
Boyd Palmore

No leave it alone. This will be a disaster in favoring some and not be equal to others. If it ain't broke don't need fixing.

Becky Fly
Becky Fly

Yes. An independent agency should draw districts.

Wil Sims
Wil Sims

this is a non question. they are going to.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Beahaaaahaaa\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602Dems are late to the game... they've sat by for decades while Republicans did it .

Ken Murphy
Ken Murphy

Do they just want an " independent " commission because they think they can influence it so that more demorats will be elected? They won't really be accountable to anyone or at least not to the voters. Here's an idea for the demorat party, change your message and start to work for the little guy instead of trying to cheat the system.

Ken Murphy
Ken Murphy

Aaron Frost The representative is accountable to the voters, and independent commission is accountable to no one

Aaron Frost
Aaron Frost

How is wanting to end gerrymandering (for either party) wanting to cheat the system? I'm pretty sure it's the exact opposite than wanting to cheat the system.

Sheku Kallon
Sheku Kallon

Independent commissioners please. Why would anyone expect the fox to tighten shut the doors to the hen house?

Edward C Tracey
Edward C Tracey

Democrats are the most cheating, caniving, manipulating, criminals disguised as Americans I've ever seen. Always using the constitution to protect themselves while they do everything in their power to undo the constitution when in power.

Annie Cook
Annie Cook

Said a member of the party that lied, cheated, let a foreign hostile government affect our election, were aided by cheating from the FBI and as always, have the synchophants at fox telling lies daily.

Edward C Tracey
Edward C Tracey

That's funny. Considering the recounts are adding votes not subtracting them. And the discovery that there are more ballots in Detroit than registered voters..... The Obama administration interferred in the elections in Israel and England. They overthrew governments on Libya, Somalia and Egypt.

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Edward what are your sources. It appears they are from fake sites. Furthermore if the recounts change the vote count at all it undermines the integrity of elections.

Larry Clark
Larry Clark

Annie Cook Proof mam, just give us all PROOF

Larry Clark
Larry Clark

Shelton Brown Jr More votes cast in Ca than there are voters on the registration books??

Rick Richmond
Rick Richmond

It's amazing when democrates lose that have to redistricting everytbing.

Michael Lashley
Michael Lashley

Those in power will simply "buy up" members of the Commission. Pick Me, Please