Virginia Supreme Court approves new state legislative district maps

Virginia enacted new state legislative districts on Dec. 28, 2021, when the Virginia Supreme Court approved proposals drafted by two special masters the court had appointed. The maps will take effect for Virginia’s 2022 state legislative elections.

Democrat and Republican consultants submitted statewide map proposals for consideration to the Virginia Redistricting Commission on Sept. 18. After the commission missed its deadline for approving map proposals and the Virginia Supreme Court assumed authority over the process, the two special masters selected by the court released proposals for House and Senate districts on Dec. 8.

As of Jan. 3, 28 states have adopted new state legislative maps for both chambers, one state adopted a map for one chamber, and 21 states have not yet adopted state legislative maps. As of Jan. 3, 2012, 32 states had enacted legislative redistricting plans after the 2010 census.

Nationwide, states have completed legislative redistricting for 1,078 of 1,972 state Senate seats (54.7%) and 2,776 of 5,411 state House seats (51.3%).

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