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Virginia Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Redistricting Case

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Credit: Office of the VA Attorney General

Credit: Office of the VA Attorney General

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court has refused to immediately review a lower court’s refusal to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the General Assembly’s authority to redraw its congressional districts a year late.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said after Tuesday’s ruling that he will continue to press for an immediate decision on the lawsuit from the Richmond Circuit Court. He’s also asking the legislature to pass a bill moving congressional primaries from June to August.

“The elected representatives of the citizens of Virginia have passed a redistricting plan through the legislative process,” said Cuccinelli, “and we will continue to seek to protect the result of that process.”

Six plaintiffs are challenging the Republican-authored redistricting bill, which was rushed through a GOP-dominated General Assembly two weeks ago. The state Constitution required legislators to redraw the boundaries in 2011. But with Democrats then in control of the Senate and Republicans ruling the House of Delegates, lawmakers were unable to agree on a plan.

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