On January 11, 2022, a group of Georgian voters filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia's Secretary of State and the members of Georgia's State Election Board, challenging the state's enacted legislative redistricting plans as violating the federal Voting Rights Act. The plaintiffs allege that the enacted state House and state Senate plans violate Section 2 of the VRA because they dilute the voting strength of Black voters by "cracking" and "packing" Black populations in various regions of the state. Specifically, they claim that the State could have created three additional majority-Black state Senate and five additional state House districts in the following areas: two Senate districts and two House districts in the southern Atlanta metropolitan area, one additional Senate district in central Georgia, one additional House district in the western Atlanta metropolitan area, and two additional House districts in Bibb County. They are seeking a judicial declaration that the enacted legislative plans violate the Voting Rights Act, an injunction barring the defendants from implementing or using the plans in future elections, and for the court to order the adoption of a redistricting plan that includes these additional majority-Black districts.

On February 28, 2022 the district court denied the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction.

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U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division - No. 1:22-cv-122

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit - No. 23-13921