Changes and challenges to maps in Georgia, Wisconsin, and North Carolina guarantee that the battle for effective democracy and fair representation is clear and present in 2024
WASHINGTON – The fight for fair maps remains a key battle in many states in 2024 as courts decide on redistricting. Georgia’s GOP-drawn congressional and state legislative maps were thrown out by a federal judge who ordered that fair political representation is non-negotiable when Georgians head to the polls in 2024. The judge ruled that the maps violated the Voting Rights Act by diluting the political power of Black voters, revealing a sinister GOP strategy to hold onto power through discrimination.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin Republicans are advancing changes to how state legislative maps are drawn while threatening to impeach a judge who agreed to hear a challenge to their gerrymandered maps. And just this week, North Carolina Republicans passed new maps which are an extreme gerrymander of the state’s legislative districts and will further rob voters of fair representation in the General Assembly.
The DLCC is already invested in building Democratic power in Georgia, Wisconsin, and North Carolina as state legislatures remain a key component of this fight. Our Path to the Majority map contains compelling opportunities for the advancement of Democratic power across the country and we’re laser-focused on fending off Republican threats to our democracy.
DLCC interim President Heather Williams issued the following statement:
“The decision to throw out Georgia’s racially gerrymandered maps is welcome news and we are now one step closer to fairer representation at all levels of the ballot. This decision will loosen Republicans’ grip on Georgia’s state legislature and allow voters to elect state representatives who will fight for their vote to count, challenge MAGA extremism, and protect the fundamental freedoms we hold near and dear.
Georgia, Wisconsin, and North Carolina are some of our top targets next cycle, and these redistricting battles continuing to unfold guarantee that our energy and investments will be well-spent as we work to expand Democratic power in these states.”
The DLCC is the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures. Last year, the DLCC defied the odds by not losing any state legislative majorities, flipping four key chambers, and creating four new Democratic trifectas – the best midterm year for the party in power since at least 1934. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and pass the policies that have the biggest impact on Americans’ day-to-day lives.