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According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the veto was expected because Democrats made only minor changes to their first proposed map before submitting it again.
Sandoval’s request for a Hispanic majority district was also disregarded in the most recent Democratic proposal. In the party’s two vetoed map proposals, Democrats avoided packing one district with Hispanics, which would lessen the party’s influence in other districts.
Although there is still time for legislators to amend their plan before the session ends Tuesday, the redistricting process is likely headed to the courts.
Virginia: New Map Not Likely Until July
Virginia state lawmakers are returning to the state Capitol June 9 for a two-day special redistricting session.
However, the Democratic-led Senate and Republican-controlled House are no closer to a deal than they were earlier this year. The Washington Post reported that party leaders will appoint six legislators to negotiate a Congressional map compromise over the next month before both chambers return in mid-July for a vote.
At issue is the Senate’s plan for one majority-minority district and one minority-influenced district, which would most likely affect Rep. Bobby Scott’s (D) 3rd district and Rep. Randy Forbes’ (R) 4th district in the southeastern region of the state.
Increasing the percentage of African-Americans in the 4th district would likely make Forbes vulnerable next year.
Meanwhile, the House plan would keep the current 8-3 partisan split of the delegation and would make Rep. Gerry Connolly’s (D) Northern Virginia district less competitive.
Joshua Miller and Steve Peoples contributed to this report.
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