Judge: Suit Challenging Legislative Districts Can Proceed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Richmond judge says a lawsuit challenging several Virginia legislative boundaries can move forward.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that http://bit.ly/2lTmEuk Richmond Circuit Judge W. Reilly Marchant rejected a bid to dismiss the case on Tuesday. Leadership in Virginia’s House of Delegates wants the case thrown out before trial.

The lawsuit was brought by OneVirginia2021, a redistricting advocacy group. The group says lawmakers during the 2011 redistricting process violated the requirement that election districts must be compact.

The group is challenging 11 House and Senate districts, which are currently by both Democrats and Republicans.

If the OneVirginia2021 wins the case, Virginia’s electoral map could be redrawn. House leaders say the current map was overwhelmingly approved with bipartisan support.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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