Supreme Court to hear racially charged redistricting case

Supreme Court to hear racially charged redistricting case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to review a case out of Virginia that questions whether state lawmakers unlawfully considered race when they drew congressional district lines.

Gloria Personhuballah, who brought the case, argued that the Republican-controlled legislature packed black voters into the Third Congressional Districtrict held by Democrats. Rep. Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanRepublicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel The Suburban Caucus: Solutions for America's suburbs Overnight Defense: Top general briefs GOP senators on Syria plan | Senators 'encouraged' by briefing | Pence huddles with Republican allies on Syria | Trump nominee sidesteps questions on arms treaties MORE (R-Va.) is challenging a lower district court, which concluded the district held by Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottOvernight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus House panel advances bipartisan surprise billing legislation despite divisions Ex-HHS chief threatens to vote 'no' on surprise medical billing measure MORE (D-Va.) was unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court is now being asked to revisit the question of whether race was unduly factored into the lines for Virginia's 3rd Congressional District and whether it should have required Personhuballah to provide an alternative districting plan that was better balanced.