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 ScottDeVos issues new rule ordering more coronavirus relief to private schools Am I racist? The coronavirus crisis has cut the child care sector MORE (D).  

A unanimous Supreme Court held that Rep. Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanTrade groups make lobbying push to be included in small business loan program Overnight Defense: 32 dead in ISIS-claimed attack in Kabul | Trump says Taliban could 'possibly' overrun Afghan government when US leaves | House poised for Iran war powers vote next week Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel MORE and other Virginia Republicans, including Reps. Randy ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesBottom line Selection of Sarah Makin-Acciani shows the commitment to religious liberty Too much ‘can do,’ not enough candor 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.