It’s looking more likely that Georgia will pick up an additional seat in Congress:
A new study predicts that when the dust settles from the 2010 Census, eight southern and western states will gain congressional seats largely at the expense of states in the Midwest and Northeast.
According to the unofficial study, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington would each gain an additional seat in Congress, while Florida and Texas would gain two and four seats, respectively.
States predicted to lose a single congressional seat are Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, while New York and Ohio are each projected to lose two seats.
Every ten years, upon the conclusion of the national census, the number of congressional seats in each state is recalculated based on population changes since the previous census. The process is known as “reapportionment.”
Despite that this will be decided by the courts as Georgia has to submit any changes in districts or voting laws to the Department of Justice for clearance per Section V of the Voting Rights Act, expect plenty of fear-mongering on this during the gubernatorial race this year.