On Carving Clarke

This is from the tip line:

Clarke doesn’t have to be split to make Madison whole. Look at the existing Senate map, focusing on Senate Districts 46 and 47.

46 is composed of four parts:
Clarke (whole)
Oconee (whole)
Oglethorpe (whole)
Madison (portion)

47 is composed of five parts:
Walton (portion)
Barrow (whole)
Jackson (portion)
Madison (portion)
Elbert (portion).

Hudgens and Kemp claimed the only way to make Madison whole was to split Clarke in the process. But that’s not true.

The portion of Elbert in 47 has almost the same number of people as the portion of Madison in 46 (difference of about 300). Because of the way the math works out, both deviations are closer to 0 afterwards.

So you just do this:
New 46:
Clarke (whole)
Oconee (whole)
Oglethrope (whole)
Elbert (portion)

New 47:
Walton (portion)
Barrow (whole)
Jackson (portion)
Madison (whole)

You end up having one less split county (you don’t split any that weren’t already split in the process, Clarke stays whole and now Madison is whole) and you also don’t mess with the VRA because the change is so cosmetic that it doesn’t really affect the partisanship or the racial balance.

I hear there are also two other ways to reconfigure 46/47 without splitting Clarke and without splitting any other counties, that Hudgens and Kemp know this and they deliberately misled the Senate to get this mid-season partisan redistricting through.

Doing the proposed redistricting I mentioned above is similar to when Eric Johnson talks about Starr and Thomspon swapping precincts because they bought a new house. We all know that Ralph Hudgens actually lives in the portion of Madison county in District 46. He wants that to be in 47 so he can claim residency at his farm house and not his condo in Comer. Swapping the portion of Madison for the portion of Elbert is the preferred way to do this.

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