Flood of Va. bills seek end to gerrymandering, redistricting reforms

RICHMOND, Va. — An assortment of bills designed to revise standards for drawing Virginia’s electoral districts could be the beginning of the end for gerrymandering in the state, according to proponents of redistricting reform.

Gerrymandering, the practice of politicians redrawing legislative districts to gain an electoral advantage, has drawn attention and disdain in recent years. North Carolina’s congressional map was declared unconstitutional last week by a panel of federal judges, who ruled legislators had drawn it with “invidious partisan intent.”

In Virginia, House Bill 276, proposed by Democratic Del. Sam Rasoul of Roanoke, would create a Virginia Redistricting Commission. The commission would determine the criteria for remedial redistricting plans if a court declares any congressional or legislative district unlawful. Under the current system, the legislators…

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