Paul Goldman, a former state chair of the Democrat party, filed suit last year to force the state to hold House of Delegate elections this year under the new districts. Last year’s elections were not held under the new districts because COVID delayed the census data and redistricting.
Goldman has been the only plaintiff in the lawsuit but Loudoun County NAACP, headed by Pastor Michelle Thomas, has asked to join the suit. She wrote in a letter:
“Loudoun’s African American residents and people of color living in disproportionate districts continue to face election discrimination, voter disenfranchisement, while being denied their constitutional rights to fair elections, and adequate legislative representation, based on the current population distribution,”
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Meanwhile a federal judge rips former Attorney General Mark Herring’s office for mishandling the lawsuit here.
If Goldman and the NAACP are granted standing and win their case, House Delegates would be required to run for three years in a row, 2021, 2022, and 2023.