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The Supreme Court is seen in the morning in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.
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Georgia may feel the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overruling voting districts in North Carolina.

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State lawmakers there claimed they drew the districts for political advantage. But the high court decided they used race as a main factor, and that was unconstitutional.

Michael Kang, a law professor at Emory University, said the decision could have a big impact in Southern states, like Georgia, where party preference tends to fall along racial lines.

Georgia State Capitol gold dome.
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Organizations in Georgia say proposed changes to several state legislative districts are "likely illegal" and want lawmakers to stop the effort.

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In a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal and legislative leaders, the organizations say the changes move black voters out of two House districts and move white voters in. They say the shifts would give two incumbent Republicans, Reps. Rich Golick and Brian Strickland, an advantage in future elections.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Atlanta
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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is hammering Georgia Republicans for what he calls a "power grab" as the lawmakers try to redraw several legislative districts to benefit sitting lawmakers.

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It's the first time Holder has weighed in on a state redistricting fight since he launched a national political organization intended to help Democrats in upcoming redistricting battles.

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Thousands of metro Atlanta voters would find themselves in different state House districts under a Republican plan that Democrats allege reduces the influence of minority voters.

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Similar moves in other states have been challenged in federal courts, according to experts in voting law. If the Georgia plan is approved by the Republican dominated legislature, and Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, it could also be open to legal challenges.  

Dan Raby / WABE

About a hundred DeKalb County parents showed up at a meeting Tuesday night to try to figure out how to ease overcrowding at some schools.  The school district has proposed several short-term solutions, all of which involve redistricting.

The district has come up with three different plans for elementary schools and two for high schools. No changes are planned for Sequoyah Middle School.

All of the options involve shuffling kids from schools that are over-capacity to ones that have room.

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