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Federal District Court overturns 3rd congressional district lines

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Posted at 5:53 PM, Oct 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-07 17:53:53-04

A big decision made in Federal District Court today could change the way you vote for representatives in your district in the coming years.

The U.S. District Court in Richmond overturned the boundary lines of Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District and required the Virginia General Assembly to redraw the district by April of 2015.

Congressman Bobby Scott, who represents this area, released the following statement about the court’s decision.

“I was not involved in this lawsuit.  However, during the last round of redistricting in 2011, I was a strong proponent of the redistricting plan sponsored by State Senator Mamie Locke, which made all congressional districts in the Commonwealth more compact and contiguous. I hope and expect the General Assembly will more equitably and appropriately balance the influence of all Virginia’s voters, as mandated by this decision, when they redraw the third congressional district and adjacent congressional districts next session.”