State of Georgia

Georgia Congressional Redistricting Challenge (Pendergrass)

Pendergrass v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit filed on behalf of Georgia voters challenging the state’s new congressional map enacted following the release of 2020 census data. The complaint argues that the new map violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) because it dilutes the voting strength of Georgians of color, particularly Black Georgians, and denies these voters an equal chance to participate in the political process. Specifically, the plaintiffs argue that the Legislature should have created an additional majority-Black district in the Atlanta metropolitan area under the VRA because Black Georgians in that area vote cohesively as a bloc and are numerous and compact enough to form an additional majority-Black district. The plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction asking the court to block the current map and order the creation of a new map that complies with the VRA. The court denied the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction blocking the new congressional map, which means that it will be in place for the 2022 election cycle. In 2023, a trial was held from Sept. 5-14. On Oct. 26, 2023, a federal judge struck down the congressional map for violating Section 2 of the VRA and ordered the Legislature to redraw the map for the 2024 election cycle.

On Nov. 22, the defendants appealed the decision to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On Dec. 20, there will be a hearing in the district court on the congressional map for 2024. On Dec. 28, 2023, the judge upheld the state’s remedial congressional map that was enacted by the Republican-controlled legislature. In January 2024, the plaintiffs appealed the judge’s order approving the remedial map to the 11th Circuit.

This case was consolidated with two other cases challenging the state’s legislative maps: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. v. Raffensperger and Grant v. Raffensperger. All updates can be found on this page.

STATUS: This case is on appeal at the 11th Circuit. Briefing from all parties is ongoing.

Case Documents

Case Documents (11th Circuit – Liability Appeal)

Case Documents (11th Circuit – Remedial Appeal)

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