If West Virginia state lawmakers don't redraw the state's three congressional districts in the next 14 days in order to more evenly distribute the state's population, a federal court will take up the task, a panel of judges ruled on Tuesday.
At issue is this: the population of the 2nd District exceeds the mean congressional district population by almost 3,200 voters. The Charleston Daily Mail:
The court said that plan, creating what it called the "serpentine Second District," already strayed far from the traditional notions of what a district should look like.
The new map that was approved by lawmakers hardly changes the old map. The one tweak: Mason County, formerly in the 2nd District, moved down into the 3rd District.
It's important to underscore that this is not a political dispute, like what's transpiring in Texas. The task of state lawmakers the next couple of weeks will be to bring the population distribution in line with the "one person, one person vote" standard.
From the ruling:Scott Bland contributed