Virginia Congressmen to Appeal Redistricting Rule

According to The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia’s Republican congressman are looking to appeal a recent federal court ruling saying that state legislators packed too many African American voters into one district in order to make neighboring districts safer for Republicans.

An attorney for seven Republican congressman and the recently resigned Rep. Eric Cantor filed paperwork on Thursday saying that his clients are appealing the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The panel of judges ruled 2-1 on oct. 7 that the state’s congressional districts could remain intact for the Nov. 4 election, but the General Assembly had to draw new boundaries by April 1 to correct the flaw.

The main issue is the number of black voters in the state’s 3rd district, which since 1991 has had a black majority. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, a Democrat currently represents the district.

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