McAuliffe wants early consensus on new congressional maps

FILE - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe gestures during a news conference at the Capitol, Monday, July 13, 2015, in Richmond, Va. (AP File Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking state lawmakers to meet in Richmond next week to hammer out a consensus on new congressional districts.

The Democratic governor sent a letter to legislative leaders Tuesday asking them to work together in a nonpartisan and transparent way to redraw Virginia’s congressional maps ahead of a court-ordered special session on redistricting set for Aug. 17.

A 2-1 ruling in June by a panel of judges directed the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by Sept. 1 to correct a 2012 redistricting plan the court found used race as the predominant factor in drawing boundaries.

State Republicans have asked that the special session be postponed while that decision is appealed.

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