Remap ruled racially biased

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

A fed­eral court has once again ruled that Vir­ginia leg­is­la­tors packed too many black vot­ers into one con­gres­sional dis­trict to make ad­ja­cent dis­tricts safer for Repub­li­can in­cum­bents.

The 2-1 rul­ing by a panel of judges di­rects the state’s Gen­eral As­sem­bly to draw new bound­aries by Sept. 1 to cor­rect the flawed 2012 re­dis­trict­ing plan. The court first struck down the plan in Oc­to­ber, but the U.S. Supreme Court or­dered re­con­sid­er­a­tion in light of a rul­ing in an Alabama case.

The judges in Vir­ginia again ruled that race was the pre­dom­i­nant fac­tor in re­draw­ing the bound­aries.

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