Redistricting must be independent of politics

January 18, 2019

The General Assembly must hand over control of the redistricting process to an independent commission
Virginia redistricting process is clearly broken and in need of immediate reform.

On Jan. 8, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant a stay in a case that challenged the constitutionality of 11 House districts. Now, some Republican lawmakers want to wait further to see whether the justices act on redistricting cases from North Carolina or Maryland.

The time for waiting is over.

A panel of judges from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia declared last summer that the Republican-drawn maps were unconstitutional because they were racially gerrymandered to concentrate African American voters into specific districts, violating those voters’ constitutional right to equal representation.

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