McDonnell Vetos Senate Redistricting Plan
– April 16, 2011 11:30 am
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell vetoed the redistricting plan, and officials have said it is the first time in 40 years that a redistricting plan put forth by the Senate did not receive bi-partisan support.
The governor says the plan does not comply with state and federal laws, and that it could not pass mandates set forth in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Senate’s plan goes back to the drawing board for reconsideration.
The governor issued a letter explaining his rationale for the veto.
Earlier this week, Prince William Board of Supervisor won support from the NAACP when he denounced the Senate’s redistricting plan, which would have split the county up into six Senate districts –– only one of which would have had a seat inside the county, the Washington Post reports.
The NAACP was concerned Prince William County, now a majority-minority community because of recent population growth, would not have enough minority representation in Richmond.
With more than 400,000 people living in the county, Stewart says the county should have at least two senators representing the county.