Cuccinelli Sues for Quick Review of VA Redistricting Plan

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is taking the federal government on again, this time seeking a swift review and approval of Virginia's newly redrawn legislative districts.

Cuccinelli filed a "pre-clearance suit" Tuesday in federal court in Washington, D.C.

The litigation is an effort to prod the Department of Justice to expedite its analysis required by the Voting Rights Act in time for August primaries for state House of Delegates and Senate races.

All 100 House seats and 40 Senate seats are up for election this fall.

Virginia is among 16 states whose reapportionment bills have to be reviewed by the federal government under the 1965 law to ensure that minority voting strength is not diluted.

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