Special Expert Appointed To Help Redraw Virginia’s Districts

WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 12: A voter departs a polling station at Nottingham Elementary School February 12, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia. Voters in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia head to the polls today... WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 12: A voter departs a polling station at Nottingham Elementary School February 12, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia. Voters in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia head to the polls today for state and district primaries. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal judges have appointed a special expert to help redraw Virginia’s state legislative districts for future elections.

A three-judge panel appointed Bernard Grofman, an economics and political science professor at the University of California, Irvine, on Thursday. The judges indicated they want a new map in place by March 28, 2019.

A federal court ruled this summer that lawmakers illegally packed black voters into 11 districts and ordered lawmakers to draw a new map by the end of this month.

That’s unlikely to happen. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has said the court is best positioned to draw a new map, and vowed to veto Republican-drawn maps.

Grofman was picked by judges in 2015 to help redraw the state’s congressional districts.

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