Under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act it is difficult to justify not creating additional majority minority districts, if they can be created from cohesive communities. On the other hand, under more recent case law, potential "minority influence" districts are not given much deference under the Voting Rights Act. (This is the case law referenced in my redistricting update from a few days ago. I will develop this case law in a future post.)
Although this new plan may not serve as the background for a successful lawsuit, all Virginians are served by the opportunity to consider additional options. I look forward to reviewing the plan, and hope it makes some of the heavily gerrymandered districts more compact.
For other redistricting posts, primary sources, and other information regarding the Virginia Redistricting process in 2011 please see The Road to Redistricting Litigation in Virginia.