Court Plan Could Redraw 21 to 26 House Districts


A panel of federal judges was presented Friday with a variety of ways to redraw 11 African-American majority House districts found to be unconstitutional. 

Instead of a single map, a redistricting expert hired by the court broke a swatch of Virginia stretching from Richmond to Norfolk into four regions. For each region, he gave the court two or more options. Barring intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court, the new districts would be used in next year's General Assembly elections.

The chart below looks at how each option would alter the partisan lean of the 11 black-majority districts and as many as 15 adjacent districts. The estimates are based on results from the 2012 presidential election. 

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RICHMOND

DistrictDelegate (Party)Obama 2012Option 1Option 2

PETERSBURG

DistrictDelegate (Party)Obama 2012Option 1Option 2

PENINSULA

DistrictDelegate (Party)Obama 2012Option 1Option 2

NORFOLK

DistrictDelegate (Party)Obama 2012Option 1Option 2Option 3

Source: Virginia Division of Legislative Services

Methodolgy: Options based on percent Obama received in 2012 Presidential race.  The formula is % of vote Obama received in districts as they exist today minus % of vote Obama would have received in the proposed redrawn districts.

Dec. 7, 2018

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