Northam promises veto of GOP redistricting plan

Northam promises veto of GOP redistricting plan
Gov. Ralph Northam (Source: NBC12)

By ALAN SUDERMAN | Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam says he’s going to veto a GOP-drawn map aimed at fixing an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.

Northam said Tuesday the GOP-led General Assembly’s redrawing effort is too partisan and a federal court is best situated to draw a new legislative map.

A House committee voted along party lines last week to advance a GOP-drawn map that supporters say does not unfairly advantage either major political party. Opponents said the map is unfair to African-American voters.

A federal court ruled this summer that lawmakers illegally packed black voters into 11 districts and ordered lawmakers to draw a new map by Oct. 30.

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