RICHMOND, Va. — A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia’s House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party regain control in this year’s election.
The judges ordered a new map after ruling that lawmakers had racially gerrymandered 11 House districts by packing black voters into them.
On Tuesday, the judges chose a proposal submitted by a special master. They gave all sides until Feb. 1 to file objections.
An analysis by the Virginia Public Access Project says the plan could shift six Republican-held districts toward Democrats, including the district of House Speaker Kirk Cox. He called it “legally indefensible” and said it attempts to “give Democrats an advantage at every turn.”