Supreme Court to hear Virginia’s racial gerrymandering claim

The Supreme Court will hear the case on Virginia's redistricting. (Source: file photo)
The Supreme Court will hear the case on Virginia's redistricting. (Source: file photo)
Published: Mar. 18, 2019 at 7:08 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON, DC (WWBT) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will hear arguments about Virginia’s voting district maps.

At issue are 11 maps drawn by the House of Delegates in 2011 that were challenged by registered voters in each district. The voters claimed that the maps diluted the voting power of black voters.

In March 2018, the Associated Press reported that the high court threw out a ruling that upheld the districts in which African-Americans made up at least 55 percent of eligible voters and ordered a lower court to re-examine the boundaries.

Some legislators say there’s an easy fix to make sure it doesn’t happen again: Create an independent commission to redraw the lines, and take the process out of the hands of politicians, Capital News Service reports.

At the start of the recent General Assembly session, lawmakers offered nine different proposals to establish independent redistricting commissions.

A Supreme Court ruling is not expected for at least a couple of months.

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