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Federal court delivers blow to racial gerrymandering in Virginia

Demonstrators at a rally speaking out against gerrymandering  Photo: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images
Demonstrators at a rally. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

A panel of federal judges on Tuesday handed down a decision against racial gerrymandering in Virginia, ruling that 11 legislative districts drawn by the Republican-controlled House of Delegates during the 2011 redistricting process are unconstitutional and discriminate against African-American voters.

Quote"Overwhelming evidence in this case shows that, contrary to this constitutional mandate, the state has sorted voters into districts based on the color of their skin."
— Judge Barbara Milano Keenan wrote in the majority opinion.