Va. pretty good at gerrymandering

December 04, 2016

Free Lance-Star
Editorial Board

VIRGINIA didn’t invent gerrymandering. That distinction belongs to Massachusetts. First Thanksgiving: Virginia. Gerrymandering: Massachusetts. Still, we’ve gotten really good at gerrymandering congressional and state legislative districts. We’ve perfected it to the point that the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in directing the commonwealth to redraw certain districts before the Nov. 8 elections, leading to one more Democrat and one less Republican in the state’s congressional delegation.