The League of Women Voters of Georgia, along with Common Cause, Dr. Ursula Thomas, Jasmine Bowles, and Dr. H. Benjamin Williams, filed a complaint against Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia Secretary of State, and other members of the Georgia legislature in response to three districts in Gwinnett County using racially gerrymandered maps.
In January of 2022, The League of Women Voters of Georgia, along with Common Cause, Dr. Ursula Thomas, Jasmine Bowles, and Dr. H. Benjamin Williams, challenged the racial gerrymander of Gwinnett County. In three districts surrounding Atlanta, district maps were gerrymandered to maintain the white population’s power in elections. This was done in response to Black and brown populations in Atlanta nearing the level of the white population. The gerrymandered maps systemically disenfranchised Black voters by packing them in few districts and cracking their communities across multiple districts.
The League and partners argued that the redistricting plan, titled SB 2EX, does not comply with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prevents race from being the predominant factor when drawing the boundaries of voting districts. As a result, it is in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In its complaint, the League requested relief in the form of a declaration that the districts in question were racially gerrymandered in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, prevention of any elections held by the Defendants in these districts, and that a new redistricting plan be adopted and enacted.