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Governor Northam Urges Progress be Made on District Lines Redraw

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Ralph Northam (Photo courtesy the Associated Press) Ralph Northam (Photo courtesy the Associated Press)

Press Release from the Office of Governor Ralph Northam:

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today sent a letter to Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, urging him to request that the Court begin to redraw the 11 unconstitutional House of Delegates districts so that Virginians will have constitutional lines enacted in time for June 2019 primaries.

In the letter, Governor Northam raises concerns related to the General Assembly’s ability to enact a remedy map by the current October 30 deadline and shares his belief the legislative process has reached an impasse.

“It is imperative that constitutional district lines be in place in time for the 2019 election cycle to avoid letting another election (the last this redistricting cycle) take place under an unconstitutional map,” Governor Northam writes. “I am committed to implementing a remedy and hope that one can be in place as soon as possible to minimize impact on the state’s administrative election process. I see no reason to delay a court-drawn remedy where all signs indicate the General Assembly will not enact a remedy map by the current October 30 deadline.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.