The General Assembly passed legislation that spells out
nine standards and criteria
for the commission to follow when crafting the 100 House of Delegates, 40 State Senate and 11 congressional districts.
Among the criteria are requirements set in the state constitution (districts must be contiguous, compact
and contain equal representation) and recognition of federal voting rights laws and judicial rulings (which protect
the ability of racial minorities to elect a member of their choice).
In August 2021, the Redistricting Commission voted to prioritize the criteria in the following way.