African-American Lawmakers Surprised By Redistricting Suit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A lawsuit seeking to redraw Virginia House district boundaries has surprised and sparked concern among some of the Democratic African-American lawmakers.

A suit filed in December by a law firm with ties to the Democratic Party argues that state Republicans illegally packed black voters into a dozen House districts when it drew new district lines in 2011.

But many of the African-American lawmakers who represent those districts said they weren’t consulted about the lawsuit before it was filed.

Redistricting has been a hot topic in Virginia, a purple state where Democrats hold all the state-level elected offices but Republicans have sizeable majorities in both the state’s Congressional delegation and in the House of Delegates.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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