GOP House speaker appeals redistricting ruling to high court

By  | 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates has filed a formal appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn a court ruling that found 11 House districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

A federal court ruled in June that lawmakers illegally packed black voters into the 11 districts and ordered lawmakers to redraw them by Oct. 30.

Republicans say the districts are constitutional, and they filed noticed in July that they would appeal. House Speaker Kirk Cox's appeal was filed Tuesday.

"We will continue to pursue all legal remedies available to uphold the Constitutional redistricting plan adopted in 2011 by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, including the House Legislative Black Caucus and then-Senator Northam,” said Speaker Cox. “The Eastern District of Virginia has once upheld the plan and once overturned it, the second time committing clear legal errors that the Supreme Court should review. A bevy of redistricting laws and court cases have created untenable conflict that demands clear guidance from the Supreme Court."

Meanwhile, Democrats have introduced a redistricting plan and say lawmakers should get to work.

The GOP, which narrowly controls the chamber, declined last week to take action on the Democrats' proposal. It's unclear when lawmakers will convene next.

House seats are up for election in 2019.

You can find a full copy of the appeal here.