Many maps, no compass: Virginia redistricting panel seeks its path

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The Virginia Redistricting Commission meets in Richmond on Aug. 23, 2021. (Snapshot taken from Va. Senate livestream)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — With a deadline to draw lines fast approaching, Virginia’s new bipartisan redistricting commission is struggling to break a partisan divide on how to divide the state’s voters into new legislative districts.

The 16-member commission is evenly split between Democratic and Republican appointees.

It meets again Friday as it tries to draw new legislative districts for the 100-member House of Delegates and 40-member state Senate to conform with the population shifts reflected in the 2020 census.

So far, the commission has struggled to find a solution acceptable to both parties.

The primary dispute centers on how to comply with state and federal laws governing minority voting rights.

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