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Virginia House of Delegates v. Golden Bethune-Hill

Opening arguments today are heard at SCOTUS for Virginia House of Delegates v Golden Bethune-Hill, a lawsuit brought in 2014 by twelve Virginia voters who argued that the voting districts as drawn diluted the power of black voters by packing African-American residents into a district.

In 2011, Virginia had already complied with the pre-clearance as required by the Voting Rights Act, meaning the federal government had approved these voting districts as racially equitable. (This requirement went away with 2013’s Shelby County vs. Holder, which muted many of the Voting Rights Act’s key reforms.) But the residents of the twelve districts at issue in Virginia House of Delegates v. Golden Bethune-Hill argue that the voting districts drawn only have the appearance of being fair.

This case could be an interesting examination in how to be inclusive in mapping voting districts while also being objectively nonpartisan. Or the conservatives could just side with the Virginia politicians drawing the lines.

This helpful graphic explainer is from SubscriptLaw: