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What might PR districts look like in Georgia?

District A 3 seats
Population 1,766,641
Pop. per seat 588,880
Winning % 25%
Non-white VAP 32.6%
District B 3 seats
Population 1,771,873
Pop. per seat 590,624
Winning % 25%
Non-white VAP 27.7%
District C 5 seats
Population 2,939,522
Pop. per seat 587,904
Winning % 16.7%
Non-white VAP 24.6%

What might PR districts look like in Georgia?

Existing U.S. House districts, numbered 1 through 11, have been replaced by three larger "super districts": A, B, and C.  Notice the one-winner districts gerrymandered into puzzle-shapes by politicians creating "safe seats".  The gerrymanders are ineffective when the puzzle shapes are combined with their neighbors into one district.  The super districts lead to more competitive elections and more choices for all voters. 

This map is an example of how full representation voting systems -- such as choice voting, one-vote voting and cumulative voting can be vehicles for providing fair representation for black voters.  The voting-age-populations (VAP) and black share of these populations are shown above.  The percentage of votes necessary to win is based on use of a full representation voting system. 

Note how a state with currently one black-majority district and one black House member might easily have three black members with this plan.

In 1967,Congress passed a law requiring states to use one-seat U.S. House districts. This year, Congressman Mel Watt has introduced a bill called the States' Choice of Voting Systems Act (HR 1173) which would lift this requirement.  Similar super-district plans could be used for local and state redistricting plans in 2001-2.

For more information, contact:

The Center for Voting and Democracy

[email protected]