Elena Kagan

U.S. Supreme Court dismisses Virginia redistricting case

U.S. Supreme Court dismisses Virginia redistricting case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an appeal of a lower court's decision to redraw Virginia’s 2011 legislative map, locking in new court-ordered state House districts for the November election.

In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled the GOP-led House of Delegates wasn’t in a position to appeal a lower court’s decision that the old map was unfairly drawn to cram black voters together in 11 state House districts.

Lawmakers in 2011 drew the map so that majority-minority districts would contain at least 55 percent black voters, arguing that would allow them to select...

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