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GENERAL ASSEMBLY COVERAGE: Follow the latest news and updates from the 2013 session of Virginia's General Assembly.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

Virginia could face legal challenges from three directions over the surprise redistricting plan that Senate Republicans approved on a party-line vote this week, if it is ultimately signed into law.

Redistricting experts say Democratic opponents can try to block approval of the plan by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Voting Rights Act. They can also file a lawsuit alleging intentional discrimination under the law or claim a violation of the state constitution for “re-redistricting” outside the 10-year census cycle.

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