RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawsuit accusing the General Assembly of “racial gerrymandering” is headed to trial.
A federal judge in Richmond is scheduled to hear arguments in the lawsuit on Wednesday.
The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of three voters in the state’s 3rd Congressional District.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that attorneys allege that the Legislature packed African-American voters into Virginia’s only black majority congressional district.
Democratic Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott has represented the 3rd for more than 20 years.
The plaintiffs allege that the district’s boundaries make neighboring districts safer for Republican incumbents.
Virginia is one of several states where Democrats have gone to court to challenge redistricting plans drawn by Republicans seeking to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives.