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Virginia in the spotlight as decision on redistricting looms

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Posted at 1:41 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 13:41:32-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Democrats are in the spotlight as they argue over how legislative and congressional boundaries should be drawn.

Redistricting reform has been a top priority for Democrats both in Virginia and around the country after a tea party wave a decade ago helped Republicans convert big electoral wins into favorable congressional and state legislative maps.

Democrats have said those maps were political gerrymanders that helped accelerate polarization and entrench minority rule.

But Virginia Democrats are split on what redistricting forms should look like.

Lawmakers are continuing to put off any final decisions as this year's legislative session winds to a close.