Dem senators argue that Virginia’s redrawn district map doesn’t favor Democrats enough

Virginia’s Supreme Court has been asked to rule on how the state’s election lines are to be redrawn, and that has some Democrats worried sick that the new maps might not favor the party. 

According to The Epoch Times, Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), sent a letter to the state’s high court warning that the proposed electoral maps will negatively impact female lawmakers.

“A disproportionate burden”

“The three women in our delegation have served with distinction since being elected and now advocate for the interests of their districts and Virginia on key commissions in Congress,” the pair of senators wrote.

They added: “Although the proposed map makes some changes to each of Virginia’s eleven Congressional Districts, the most impactful geographic changes occur in the three districts currently represented by women.”

“The women representing Virginia’s second and seventh districts would no longer live in the districts that they have now been elected twice to represent under these proposed maps,” the senators went on.

“Additionally, Virginia’s tenth district — also represented by a woman — was significantly redrawn.”

Warner and Kaine concluded by denying that there were offering “a partisan critique” but simply asking that the women in question not face “a disproportionate burden.”

Joint effort

The Times explained that the proposed maps had been drawn up in a joint effort by two individuals, each having been selected by one of the two major parties, and approved by the Virginia Supreme Court.

Republicans chose RealClearPolitics senior elections analyst Sean Trende while Democrats backed the University of California–Irvine political science professor Bernard Grofman.

That approach was taken after an independent state commission that had been convened to redraw Virginia’s electoral maps could not reach a decision, turning the process over to the high court. “These maps reflect a true joint effort on our part,” the pair said in a memo.

“We agreed on almost all issues initially, and the few issues on which we initially disagreed were resolved by amicable discussion. When drawing these maps, we have worked diligently to craft maps that comply with the statutory and constitutional provisions enumerated by this Court.”

Despite protests from Warner and Kaine, the Times noted that a Washington Post article said the proposal “still gives Democrats an edge.”

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