Tuesday, March 29, 2011

First Redistricting Bills Are In; VPAP Launches New Tools



Tuesday, March 29

The first two redistricting bills were introduced today. The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project has added tools to help citizens follow the process.


Check the status of each bill and jump to maps and other resources at the Division of Legislative Services.


Explore two VPAP applications that illustrate how the proposed bills would alter the partisan performance of each district.  



Population trends forced party leaders in both chambers to shift districts to the fast-growing suburbs of Northern Virginia. Here is how the plans affected several incumbent legislators:


House GOP Plan 

  • Moved House District 2 (Bud Phillips, D-St. Paul) from Southwest Virginia to Prince William/Stafford
  • Moved House District 10 (Ward Armstrong, D-Henry County) from Southside Virginia to Clarke/Frederick/Loudoun
  • Moved House District 87 (Paula Miller, D-Virginia Beach) from Hampton Roads to Loudoun/Prince William

Senate Democratic Plan  

  • Two GOP incumbents (McWaters and Wagner) were placed in same Virginia Beach district
  • Two GOP incumbents (Smith and Newman) were placed in the same Southwest Virginia district

VPAP will provide analysis of other redistricting bills as they become available. 


The two bills introduced today will be the subject of a series of public hearings scheduled in advance of Monday, when the General Assembly convenes a special redistricting session. Once the Assembly approves new maps and Gov. McDonnell has signed them, VPAP will update its site to reflect the new lines while Virginia waits for clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice.


Check VPAP's redistricting portal for the latest developments.


David M. Poole
Executive Director
Virginia Public Access Project | 
P.O. Box 7356 | Richmond, VA 23221

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