VIRGINIA

Court’s Next Move Unpredictable with No Map from Legislature

The court could still solicit submissions for congressional maps rather than starting from scratch.

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Jack Fitzpatrick
Aug. 19, 2015, 5:41 a.m.

The Vir­gin­ia state Sen­ate’s sud­den ad­journ­ment has left ob­serv­ers sur­prised and won­der­ing how a court will draw new con­gres­sion­al lines. When asked how the court will ask, Cali­for­nia-based re­dis­trict­ing ex­pert Justin Levitt said, “I think they were really hop­ing the le­gis­lature would do it.”

The court “could so­li­cit sub­mis­sions from the parties to the ori­gin­al case. It could also open in­put up to the polit­ic­al parties, as well as to in­ter­ested cit­izens. Ahead of the spe­cial ses­sion,” state Sens. Chap Peterson (D) and Mam­ie Locke (D) “each pro­posed re­dis­trict­ing plans. Re­pub­lic­ans did not sub­mit a pro­pos­al, but Levitt ex­pects that all in­ter­ested parties are cur­rently draw­ing up their own maps.” (Roll Call)

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