The General Assembly has agreed to a new Senate redistricting map and the Governor has pledged to sign it. For some not-so-evident reason, this map is supposedly preferable to the previous plan that was vetoed by the Governor although it is only superficially changed from the plan the governor decried as violating the federal and state constitutions, as well as the voting rights act. While bizarrely-shaped districts were unlawful before, now they’re fine. Folks, this is litigation bait of the highest order.
The new proposed 28th district, for example, stretches from Bull Run Mountain all the way to Westmoreland State Park and at one points is only a few hundred feet wide where Rt. 215 crosses into Fauquier County. The 29th district inkblot that was so egregious to RPV a few weeks ago is unchanged, snaking from Stonewall Golf Club to Manassas Park and then to Dumfries. Traversing the proposed 36th District still requires a boat as it meanders from Mount Vernon up the Potomac River towards Widewater State Park in Stafford County. The 37th District picks up a slice of Prince William County in Yorkshire along Rt. 28 nearly up to the Manassas Park city line that puts this portion of a Prince William County precinct in with Lorton. There’s so much that hasn’t been fixed in this plan it’ll make your head spin.
But somehow, faced with the possibility of the courts taking over, what was incomparably bad and illegal is now considered if not wonderful at least acceptable and the Governor has pledged to not even bother trying to amend this mess. Principle be damned, let’s just get this thing done seems to be the order of the day, and Virginians are losing their civil right to equal representation in their legislature in the process.
Dick Saslaw might have blinked here, but everyone else involved in the process has abandoned their principles in order to gain a temporary political advantage that should last only until the right legal filing is made to throw this disaster out. When a court eventually rules that this abomination is unconstitutional I hope the final order commands every legislator and elected official in Virginia to read the final order. They need to understand how badly they have misrepresented their constituents here, even if there’s little chance constituents will care enough to hold them accountable for yet another erosion of their liberty.
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