Virginia’s two Senate Democrats have asked the state’s top Court to dismiss suggested amendments to the areas parliamentary map.
Democrats are alleging the changes will make it increasingly challenging for three incumbent Democrat legislators to win re-election.
Democrats Make It About Gender
The two male lawmakers’ letter, dated Dec. 20, notes all three of their electorally vulnerable coworkers are female; it follows the appointment of two special managers by the Virginia Supreme Court.
After an independent state committee deadlocked over a reapportionment plan, the court-appointed RealClearPolitics senior electioneering analyst Sean Trende and the UCLA–Irvine professor of political science Bernard Grofman to re do Virginia’s electoral districs, as The Epoch Times reported.
In a statement to the court on Dec. 7, Trende, who was chosen by Republican lawmakers, and Grofman, who was selected by Democrat lawmakers, published their respective maps.
Also I know it's been done before but I feel sickly today so out of interest I used Dave's Redistricting to recombine independent cities in Virginia with their counties. Definitely some interesting results there. Included are 2018 Senate and a map of the election irl to compare. pic.twitter.com/5Aosq2UjGI
— Anastasia for the Holidays 🎄☃️ (@subspaceteatime) August 8, 2021
A new structure for the Virginia House of Delegates, the Virginia senators, and Virginia’s delegates in the United States House of Representatives has been released.
The two men wrote in the document, “These charts indicate a truly cooperative effort on our part.”
“We initially agreed on practically all matters, and the few disagreements we had were settled by peaceful dialogue. We worked hard to create maps that adhere to the constitutional and statutory provisions specified by this court when creating these maps.”
Democrats Still Have the Advantage
According to a Washington Post study, the proposed parliamentary design “still offers Democrats an advantage.”
#ElectionTwitter here's a quick precinct map I made of West Virginia in the 2008 Presidential election and the 2020 Presidential election. 2008 was the last time a Dem Presidential nominee carried any of WV's counties, as in the years since then WV Dems support has collapsed. pic.twitter.com/6Hf1ABovIp
— tomoz 🧼🎄 (@tomozCali) August 17, 2021
According to Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine’s petition to the court, the redesigned federal map of Virginia “includes minor adjustments to each of Virginia’s eleven District Lines.”
However, “the most consequential geographic changes occur in the three districts currently controlled by women.”
Elaine Luria of the 2nd Congressional Seat (Norfolk, Virginia Beach), Abigail Spanberger of the 7th District (Culpeper, Richmond suburbs), and Jennifer Wexton of the 10th District are the three female senators and Congress members. (Dulles, Purcellville).
“While the suggested map was intended to balance a variety of conflicting concerns to generate fairer maps,” the senators said, “the result instead places the heavyweight of adjustment on the three women in the assembly.”
Although the plan affects each of the state’s district lines, the letter claims “the most significant geographic changes happen in the districts currently controlled by women.”
“Under these suggested maps, the women serving Virginia’s 2nd and 7th districts wouldn’t reside in the districts for which they have been elected into office. In addition, Virginia’s tenth district, which is also controlled by a woman, was redesigned dramatically.”
According to the Washington Post, the new federal plan would relocate Spanberger’s 7th District, which encompasses all of Prince William, as well as Stafford counties, nearly 50 miles away, making it “far safer for Democrats.”