Here is the latest on Supreme Court arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overtly partisan.
An emergency commission is proposing a new congressional map for western Maryland that restores the Republican tilt it had a decade ago.
Significant changes to Virginia’s redistricting process that could reduce the amount of gerrymandering in the state were approved Saturday by the General Assembly. Here’s what you need to know.
The map could help shift six Republican-held districts toward Democrats and increase the Democratic Party’s chances of gaining control of the House in this year’s elections.
The Supreme Court will also hear a North Carolina redistricting case. The two cases involve allegations that congressional districts were drawn in ways to give one party an advantage over the other.
House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox also formally asked the court Wednesday to suspend efforts to redraw 11 House districts found to be racially gerrymandered. A court-appointed expert is scheduled to file a redrawn map by Dec. 7.
Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office also filed a separate request for the redistricting case to remain on hold until the Supreme Court acts on the state’s appeal.
In an order granting the hearing Tuesday morning, the court asked for additional briefing on whether House Republican leaders who have been defending the map have standing to do that.
The three-judge panel on Wednesday ordered the state to submit the new map by March 7. Otherwise, the court will appoint a commission to produce a redistricting plan for use in the 2020 congressional election.
GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox on Friday cancelled a planned floor session for later this month, saying it would be a waste of time after Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam promised to veto a GOP-drawn map that had the backing of some Democrats.
Virginia House Republicans have filed their own redistricting proposal they say will fix what a court found were unconstitutionally gerrymandered districts.
The Latest on redistricting efforts in the Virginia General Assembly
The special session comes after a federal court in June found that 11 House of Delegates districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. The court ordered lawmakers to redraw the state map by Oct. 30.
Gov. Ralph Northam discussed what happens now that he’s called for a special session of the General Assembly to redraw nearly a dozen House of Delegate districts that a federal court ruled unconstitutional and his assessment of how Virginia authorities responded to last week’s white nationalist rally.
A redistricting advocacy group has appealed a judge’s decision upholding 11 Virginia House and Senate districts.
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