Governor and Speaker disagree on Redistricting Session

August 5, 2015

On July 16 Governor Terry McAuliffe called for a special session of the General Assembly for August 17. The Governor said the session was necessary to meet a September 1 deadline imposed by the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to redraw congressional districts. The court ruled that the General Assembly diluted minority voting power by unconstitutionally packing the 3rd Congressional District with minority voters.

The Governor sent a letter on July 28 asking General Assembly leadership for a meeting to discuss redistricting (click here for letter).

Speaker William Howell responded to the Governor on July 28. “The House and Senate have requested an extension of the September 1 deadline to allow the defendants the opportunity to further pursue their appeal and give the General Assembly the necessary time to prepare for a special session. It would be inappropriate, in our view, to begin the redistricting process before the defendants have exhausted their appeal options. It would also be inappropriate and unfair to the public to rush this process. We remain confident the Court will grant our request for an extension.”

VACo Contact: Erik Johnston, CAE

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