Redistricting, the once-in-a-decade ritual that wrapped up this week in Georgia, may seem like political insider-baseball, and even the name might make your eyes glaze over. But the process, beset by accusations of gerrymandering and a lack of transparency, is hugely important: it determines the political future of your state, county and city for years to come and affects how state and federal funds will reach your community.
For the 750,000 suburban Atlanta residents of the sixth congressional district, it means they will lose their two-term Democratic congresswoman Lucy McBath as their voice in Washington D.C. Meanwhile, for conservative voters in the Georgia House district south of Atlanta held by Philip Singleton, it means losing a far-right voice in the state Capitol. For some minority communities and cities in various areas of the state, new district lines -- intentionally or inevitably -- break up voting blocks, reducing those voters' influence on election outcomes. These are just some of the impacts from the work lawmakers did this month.