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Proposed redistricting would switch Richmond to Forbes from Scott

Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) has posted maps [1][2] of Virginia’s congressional districts that were redrawn by a redistricting expert appointed by federal judges. Whether or not one of these two maps becomes law depends upon the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court review of the lower court’s 2-1 finding that the state’s 3rd congressional district was an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.

We are currently represented by Rep. Bobby Scott (D – 3rd Congressional District). Both plans would move us into Congressional District 4, represented by Rep. Randy Forbes (R).

According to the Virginia-Pilot, the changes would make both district more racially balanced and politically competitive:

The state’s 3rd Congressional District – now represented by Scott – would no longer be a black-majority district as the percentage of black voters would shrink from 56 percent to 42 or 45 percent. Meanwhile the 4th District, represented by Forbes, would see its white majority drop from 63 percent of voters to just under 54 percent to allow greater clout for black voters.

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Current map of 3rd District
Current map of 3rd District

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4th District - Plan 1
4th District – Plan 1

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4th District - Plan 2
4th District – Plan 2

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@chpn Yikes!!

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If Forbes were to win re-election under the redrawn lines, Richmond would be represented in Congress by someone living in Chesapeake.

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Chesapeake isn’t far from Newport News where Bobby Scott lives. Either way our representative won’t be near Richmond.

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Yahoo!!!! The possibility of an un-gerrymandered district is exciting. After how many years?

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NOOOOOII! I’m proud to be a constituent of one of the smartest people ever to serve in Congress. Changing to Forbes would be disastrous.

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[…] to the graphic on richmond.com, it appears that the judges have chosen Plan #1 (below) of the two plans presented. The new map is not yet completely a done deal, as the U.S. Supreme Court will still hear an appeal […]