To collect the judges of the Supreme court of the United States for a formal group, the new Associate justice, Supreme series, portrait, right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
A federal judicial panel ordered a new card after the judgment that the legislator in the Virginia General Assembly in 2011, districts are racially gerrymandered 11 state House by packing black voters into you. The redistricting plan, the districts should have at least 55 percent black, according to the published.
The Republican lawmakers had asked for the lower court, the efforts are blocked, at least until after the Supreme court oral arguments in the next few months on the larger constitutional issues raised by the racial gerrymander claim.
Republicans said that a lower court approved a new card, only to have it deleted later by the Supreme court to confuse voters and candidates.
In addition to the racial gerrymander claims, the Supreme court is set to address whether the GOP members of the legislative body — in contrast to the state attorney general — have been against the lower court’s decision, the race was in fact the primary factor, in addition to the district boundaries.
Virginia speaker of the house Kirk Cox, the reported with other house Republicans, the request to the high court, The daily press, in a statement, “of Course we hoped for a stay, but it was the decision of the court unexpected, as the burden for a stay is very high.”
Cox added that the Republicans were optimistic to maintain that the Supreme court ruled that the newly drawn card.
House Democratic spokeswoman Kathryn Gilley praised the judgment of the Supreme court.
To delay”, despite house Republicans’ constant attempts, the redistricting, and defend their unconstitutional districts, Virginians will be able to vote in the constitutional elections,” she said in a statement to The daily Newspapers.
The fate of the legislative map, but only on the 2019 state election. The U.S. census will generate new data, in the year 2020, requiring that lines be redrawn to reflect other demographic changes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.