Expert reveals proposal to redraw Va. House map after court rejects GOP attempt to block it

December 12, 2018

Graham Moomaw reports that an expert appointed to redraw the Virginia House of Delegates map released his proposal Friday after a federal court rejected a Republican effort to stop it.

Bernard Grofman, a political science professor at the University of California-Irvine, filed his 131-page report late Friday afternoon outlining his suggestions for how Virginia could fix 11 House districts found to be racially gerrymandered.

House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, had asked the court to stop pursuing its own map until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a GOP appeal next year. Cox had also asked for next year’s June House primaries to be rescheduled for September to give the courts more time to resolve the matter.

A panel of three federal judges denied both motions Friday, clearing the way for the release of Grofman’s proposal, which offers the court several options for redrawing district lines in the Richmond, Petersburg and Hampton Roads areas.