New Virginia redistricting committee all but gives up map effort

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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) — Virginia’s new bipartisan redistricting committee has all but given up its effort to draw new congressional maps after committee members couldn’t find consensus on what constitutes political fairness.

The redistricting committee had already failed to come up with new maps for the General Assembly.

At a meeting Wednesday, it sought common ground on a  map for the state’s 11 congressional districts. But the commission of eight Democrats and eight Republicans split down the line on whether Republicans deserved four or five safe seats.

The commission canceled future meetings, but left open the possibility of meeting again if perhaps commissioners on their own can develop a compromise map.

The state Supreme Court will draw the maps if the commission cannot.

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