Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates have petitioned the US Supreme Court to halt a court-ordered redistricting process while they appeal.
A three judge panel ruled that the Republican-controlled House packed African American voters into 11 districts that already favored the election of African-American Democrats and ordered the districts redrawn by October 30th.
Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond says the Republican leadership in House wants time to appeal that ruling.
“The House of Delegates has filed a notice of appeal to the United States Supreme Court saying it intends to appeal this and coupled with that is a request for a stay.”
However the case is resolved, it could affect General Assembly races in 2019 that could determine which party controls the state legislature.