RICHMOND, Va. (May 3, 2014) Virginia is one of several states in which Democrats have gone to court to challenge redistricting plans drawn by Republicans seeking to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
A lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., accuses the Republican-controlled General Assembly of unconstitutional "racial gerrymandering."
The suit says lawmakers improperly increased the percentage of African-American voters in the black-majority 3rd congressional district, making adjacent districts safer for GOP incumbents.
The plaintiffs want a judge to postpone the June primaries while boundaries are redraw.
A trial is set for May 20.
The plaintiffs are represented by Marc Elias, an attorney for the National Democratic Redistricting Trust.
Democrats have challenged GOP-drawn redistricting plans in other states, but Republicans also have gone to court in some states where Democrats controlled the process.