With nine days left before Georgia lawmakers start redrawing political boundaries, redistricting activists are making one last informational go-round this week about the once-a-decade political task.
Redistricting, the process of drawing electoral district boundaries, is often controversial and complex, using updated census data to carve out new district maps.
The first redistricting session is tonight’s virtual town hall. The 7 p.m. event is hosted by the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Districts GA. Guest speakers include attorney and District 82 representative Mary Margaret Oliver and the ACLU’s Policy Counsel David Goldman and Deputy Political Director Vasu Abhiraman.
Oliver, who has been through several redistricting sessions, will talk about what to expect. Goldman and Abhiraman will talk about the ACLU and Princeton Gerrymandering Project’s analysis of the proposed Congressional map recently offered by Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Georgia Senator John F. Kennedy.
Here’s what else to look forward to this week:
• Thursday (10/28): All On The Line will host a virtual public hearing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Saturday (10/30): The Latino Community Fund Georgia will distribute information about redistricting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a health fair in the parking lot of the Plaza Fiesta shopping mall on Buford Highway.
• Monday (11/1): The Latino Community Fund Georgia will team up with Fair Count for a tele-town hall from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., during which time volunteers will call constituents across the state to give them information — in Spanish — about redistricting.