Note the ridiculous ribbons here, streaming from the northern end of the county starting at I-85, splitting up south DeKalb into six linguine noodles. Note the gap between two sections of District 2, in red.
Now compare that to the map that will likely be adopted once the Georgia Senate votes on it — the current board of education election district map, minus the super districts.
The legislature mandated in 2012 that DeKalb move from a nine-person board to a seven-person board, expecting a new map to be approved by local legislation. However, legislation hasn’t appeared because the DeKalb School Board apparently couldn’t settle on a map to submit for approval with enough time to be considered. This is ominous.
So the DeKalb delegation submitted their own map. Actually, they submitted more than one. Here’s a different one that even worse. The intent, I am told, is to use the same process that carved the House districts in DeKalb into a rainbow to make a school board map. The legislature justified the House
gerrymandering redistricting in 2012 to avoid DOJ pre-clearance problems over packing black voters into districts, and in fact achieved pre-clearance with their absurd map.
I get the point. Redistricting is about the most partisan thing a legislature can do, and the string cheese House districts in DeKalb make a mockery of the concept of communities of interest. The incorporation movement in DeKalb feels like it has a racial element burbling below the surface. So, why not mock Republicans with a map that nakedly cracks north DeKalb’s more conservative voters into segments? One that would make electing a white Republican from Dunwoody in the top district a moderate challenge and any white candidate in any of the other districts virtually impossible.
The House essentially rejected this school board map by passing HB 979 earlier today, which calls for using the old map in the absence of local legislation. The map above, I am told by State Rep. Mike Jacobs, won’t pass before qualifying because there aren’t enough legislative days remaining, and probably won’t pass at all in any case.
Nonetheless, this is what the politics of ridicule look like.
This is legislation by derision.