Supreme Court to review Virginia state voting districts

Supreme Court to review Virginia state voting districts

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to review another case challenging the use of race in drawing voter districts in Virginia.

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The latest challenge, Golden Bethune-Hill v. the Virginia Board of Elections, centers on 12 districts for the Virginia House of Delegates. The plaintiffs argue those districts were illegally packed with African-Americans to make surrounding neighborhoods more favorable to Republicans.

The justices are now being asked to weigh on whether a lower court erred in holding that the districts were not a result of racial gerrymandering.

Last month, the court dismissed a Republican-led challenge to throw out a voter map ordered by a lower court after it found that lawmakers had illegally packed black voters into Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, now represented by Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottHouse Dems call for a vote on ObamaCare stabilization bill Top House, Senate Dems warn administration on short-term insurance Trump appointee at center of fight over religious freedom MORE (D).  

A unanimous Supreme Court held that Rep. Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanOvernight Defense: New allegations against VA nominee | Pompeo vote set for Thursday | Work begins on defense policy bill | Measures push space corps, pay bump for troops House subpanel recommends buying three more ships than Navy requested Extending the range of the Air Force with the B-21 MORE and other Virginia Republicans, including Reps. Randy ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesToo much ‘can do,’ not enough candor Trump makes little headway filling out Pentagon jobs Why there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary MORE and David Brat, lacked standing to pursue their appeal because none of them could show that they were injured by the new race-neutral plan.