RICHMOND, VA—House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring released the following joint statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that found a lower court applied an inappropriate analysis in a redistricting case in which it found that eleven House of Delegates districts withstood Constitutional muster:
“Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation, and we applaud the court’s decision as a critical step toward correcting a system that is rigged. Voters should choose their representatives, but in Virginia, it’s the other way around. Seventy-four percent of Virginians support giving control of redistricting to an independent commission, and we saw unprecedented public demand during the last legislative session for meaningful reform. We look forward to the continued progression of this case, and we renew our commitment to ending gerrymandering in Virginia.”
The Court’s full opinion in Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections in available on the U.S. Supreme Court’s website.
House Republicans systematically killed every Democratic effort to accomplish redistricting reform this session through the legislative process.