RAVT provides analytical support for decision makers interested in promoting fair redistricting. Our initial focus is the Virginia House of Delegates. We are preparing for the redistricting efforts that will follow the 2020 census.
As a result of litigation in federal court (Bethune Hill vs. Virginia Board of Elections), Virginia
House of Delegates districts in the southeast portion of the state (originally enacted in 2011)
were struck down as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander in 2018. In response, several
alternative maps were proposed both by legislators and advocacy groups.
However, the Virginia
legislature was unable to agree on a proposal acceptable to the Governor, and the court appointed
a special master to redraw the map. The resulting districts were released by the court in
January 2019. This site provides analysis of the various enacted and proposed maps with
respect to the distribution of African-American population across districts, and other metrics.