Redistribution Review: Virginia House of Delegate Candidate Continues 2021 Election Using Existing Cards (and Other News) – Ballotpedia News
Virginia: On June 28, Paul Goldman, a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and the Virginia State Council of Elections (among other representatives of the State), requesting that a U.S. District Court declare November 3, 2021, the House of Delegates elections invalid, limit the tenure of delegates elected in 2021 to one year, and order new elections in 2022 With members of the House of Delegates serving two-year terms, a tribunal for this purpose would result in elections in three consecutive years: 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Virginia’s Constitution requires elections to the House of Delegates be held every two years on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. Regular elections are held in odd-numbered years. Due to the late release of US census redistribution data, Virginia redistribution authorities were unable to draft new legislative constituency maps for this year’s election. Therefore, the existing cards will remain in effect. Goldman argues that running the 2021 election under existing maps violates both state and federal constitutions. Citing Cosner v. Dalton, a 1981 ruling in which a federal court ordered that the terms of delegates elected in 1981 on invalid cards be limited to one year, Goldman requests that the court limit the terms of delegates elected in 2021 to one year and schedule elections on new maps in 2022.
In his complaint, Goldman said: “According to Cosner, the complainant’s protected fundamental political rights should enable him to run for the House of Delegates in 2022, without having to wait until 2023 due to the failure of the competent state authorities to comply with the requirements of the constitution. federal.
Of the. Marcus Simon (D), who sits on the Virginia Redistricting Committee, said the Cosner The precedent does not necessarily apply to this situation: “In the 1980s we deprived people of their civil rights, we had racially unseemly neighborhoods. Given the circumstances in which we do not have districts today, I am not sure if the same urgency would apply.
Utah: On June 30, the Utah State Legislature announced a timeline for the legislative redistribution of Congress and State. According to that timeline, the legislative redistribution committee will hold public hearings in September and October and pass the final cards before Thanksgiving.
Wisconsin: On June 30, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (right) and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (right) asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that forbade them to hire private lawyers in anticipation of challenges to the redistribution process. The court set a July 8 deadline for briefs from all parties involved in the case.
On April 29, Dane County Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke ruled against Vos and LeMahieu and in favor of the plaintiffs, four residents of Madison, Wisc. has been dropped. Vos and LeMahieu appealed the ruling to a state appeals court, which refused to stay Ehlke’s original order. This is what motivated the present appeal pending before the Supreme Court of the State.