Proposed Virginia political redistricting maps scale back majority Black districts

Virginia Elections
Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg

Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, delivers a speech at the Capitol, March 5, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Proposed redistricting maps under consideration by the Virginia Supreme Court would constitute a significant reduction in the number of majority Black districts in the General Assembly. Aird and Roslyn Tyler lost elections in their districts in southside Virginia, a part of the state that exhibits some of the most extreme patterns of racially polarized voting. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Proposed political redistricting maps under consideration by the Virginia Supreme Court would constitute a significant reduction in the number of majority Black districts in the General Assembly.

The Virginia Supreme Court held a public hearing Wednesday to get feedback on maps submitted for new boundaries in Congress and the General Assembly.

The experts who drew the maps say Black voters can still elect candidates of their choice in the legislative districts by forming coalitions with other groups.

Others think that approach will only end up diluting Black representation.

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