Constitutional amendment; Virginia Redistricting Commission, shortest split methodology. (HJ642)

Introduced By

Del. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
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Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Virginia Redistricting Commission; shortest split methodology. Establishes the seven-member Virginia Redistricting Commission to redraw congressional and General Assembly district boundaries after each decennial census of the United States. The Commission is directed to certify district plans for the General Assembly within 30 days of receipt of the new census data or by June 1 of the year following the census, whichever is earlier, and for the House of Representatives within 60 days of receipt of the census data or by July 1 of the year following the census, whichever is earlier. The amendment requires that districts be drawn using the Shortest Split methodology, which divides the geographic area of the Commonwealth into two halves of approximately equal population based on the official decennial census redistricting numbers, choosing the shortest possible dividing line to split the state. The division of halves shall continue until the required number of districts is achieved. The Commission is required to make adjustments to the resulting maps as may be necessary to achieve compliance with the requirements of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, and is authorized to make adjustments to the resulting maps so that district boundaries coincide with existing political boundaries and take into account geographic features. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102210D
01/07/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/12/2019Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #4
01/28/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2019Left in Privileges and Elections

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