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    "Their lawsuit claims it was a calculated move by Republicans to create mostly white voting districts in wealthy communities. "

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    1- doubt highly it was a political move at all.
    2- people should be allowed to live where they want to.. can afford too etc.
    3- if there are enough people to create a "city" or redistrict then it should be done.. regardless of skin color or political officilation.
    4- There are already voting districts that blacks are in the majority, skin color should never be an issue when redistricting, or allocating new districts.
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    The major problem I see if that they have allowed small rich subsets of towns to decide to splinter off without considering the vote of the rest of the city. I'm not sure that's legal (but I don't know Georgia law). It also sounds like they are essentially resegregating the school system by purposefully breaking up an integrated district so that all the white kids are now in a new, separate district. I can definitely see where the legal challenge is coming from.

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    I think there is already an issue of the subsets splintering off and not considering the vote of the rest... when it comes to states, and rural vs urban voting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergallery View Post
    I think there is already an issue of the subsets splintering off and not considering the vote of the rest... when it comes to states, and rural vs urban voting.
    No, my point was they took an entire city and let only the subset that wanted to splinter off into a new, separate city, vote as to whether that would happen. I'm not sure the legality of that. That's unrelated to rural v urban voting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalBearInBoston View Post
    No, my point was they took an entire city and let only the subset that wanted to splinter off into a new, separate city, vote as to whether that would happen. I'm not sure the legality of that. That's unrelated to rural v urban voting.
    Don't you mean county? These were not in a city already, they were only in the county and voted to become a city in that county. I don't see what the problem is cities form all the time within counties, why should the rest of the county have a say in it? If they are close to that city and want to be included they could ask to be annexed.

    ETA: Metro Atlanta is like saying Metro Dallas... that doesn't mean they are in the city of Dallas
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Don't you mean county? These were not in a city already, they were only in the county and voted to become a city in that county. I don't see what the problem is cities form all the time within counties, why should the rest of the county have a say in it? If they are close to that city and want to be included they could ask to be annexed.
    Were these just unincorporated areas before? The article is short and a little unclear (and frankly I'm not interested enough to research it myself).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalBearInBoston View Post
    Were these just unincorporated areas before? The article is short and a little unclear (and frankly I'm not interested enough to research it myself).
    Yes they were just areas in counties outside Atlanta that formed cities.

    The state legislature allowed local residents in those areas to vote on becoming cities. Other voters in those counties had no say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Yes they were just areas in counties outside Atlanta that formed cities.
    Interesting, thanks for clarifying. I've never lived anywhere like that, so I really don't know how they work. I'll be interested to see how the court case turns out.

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    I think that as long as a city has met the legal standards of filing for the status of "city", that race, religion, whathaveyou is irrelevant. Should Santa Ana, CA not be considered a city because it has a 75% latino population? Birmingham, AL isn't one because it's almost 75% african american? It doesn't matter what the race is if we want them all to be considered "equal" under civil rights.
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