The House & Senate reconvened on November 3rd to vote on the maps proposed by the Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment Committee. Today, we voted on the House maps, which passed 99-79, almost entirely on party lines.
Georgia experienced significant growth in the past ten years, and House District 54 grew by almost 30%! As you can see from the new map, the area of HD54 has shrunk significantly to reflect this. Almost everything west of Peachtree Road and Roswell Road was cut out of my district, as well as a chunk of the area south of East Wesley Road (which means that my own neighborhood, Garden Hills, was split up into two different districts). The eastern border of the district remains the county line between Fulton and DeKalb Counties, but it now stretches a bit further north into Sandy Springs up to I-285. So, I have new friends to meet in Sandy Springs!
I’m disappointed that my newly drawn district splits neighborhoods and stretches to include more than one city, both of which seem contrary to the idea of keeping communities of interest together. More importantly, I’m very upset about how the redistricting process worked this year. The newly drawn district map was introduced on November 2nd, and then a revised version was released the morning of November 8th (less than an hour before the committee met to hear public comment). Within 24 hours, the map was then voted out of committee. The committee chair, Rep. Bonnie Rich, admitted herself that she didn’t even read all of the public comments before the map moved out of committee.
Were we in a time crunch to complete the new maps because of delays in receiving census data? Yes. Could we have slowed down a few days to hear from the public? Absolutely. Redistricting impacts every person in the state, and it’s too important of a process to rush.
I voted no on the House district maps.
You can get an in-depth look at the new map here.
UPDATE ON BUCKHEAD CITY
Last week, the Senate Committee on State and Local Governmental Operations heard testimony from those both for and against the secession of Buckhead from the city of Atlanta.
I am against the secession of the neighborhood of Buckhead from the city of Atlanta, and I outline my reasons here.
VOTING IN THE RUN-OFF ELECTION
I know it’s hard to believe, but we’re still not done voting! The run-off election for mayor, city council president, and city council seats will be Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, 7 am – 8 pm. You can vote in this run-off even if you did not vote in the November 2nd election.
Voting absentee? The last day to request an application for an absentee ballot is Saturday, November 20. The deadline for voters to submit their absentee ballots will be Tuesday, November 30, by 8:00 p.m. in the City of Atlanta. You can request your absentee ballot here. You must submit an application even if you voted absentee in the November 2nd election!
Voting early? Early voting begins November 17th, and you can vote anywhere in Fulton county. More information is available here.
Wednesday, November 17 – Wednesday, November 24
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 20
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 21
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
It was my absolute pleasure to introduce the Chaplain of the Day for the House of Representatives today, Morningside Presbyterian Church‘s Senior Pastor and Head of Staff, the Rev. Katie Owen Aumann. While I always enjoy hearing Pastor Katie’s words on Sunday mornings, my heart just burst with joy hearing her speak at the Capitol.
A small snippet from her inspiring prayer over the chamber:
“As these leaders go about their work, let an aisle be something that they traverse rather than a line of division. Unite their goals and hopes around the betterment of all Georgians. Help us to see that there is more that unites us than divides us, so that we may set aside animosity and work together with hope.”
You can watch her remarks here.
We have two listening sessions scheduled during the Special Session on Redistricting!
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18 Capitol Square, SW
409-B, Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.
Representative Betsy Holland
GA House District 54