Website Gives Senate Redistricting Plan High Marks

RICHMOND – The redistricting plan recently passed by the Senate has received very high scores by the "Virginia Redistricting Competition" website.

The Senate redistricting plan (HB5001) passed by the Senate scored the highest in the site's "Representational Fairness" category.   The "Representational Fairness" category is an estimate of how closely the map "mirrors the percentage of that party's statewide vote."  The Senate plan tied with Sen. Howell's original redistricting bill and a submission from Roanoke College.

The Democratic Senate plan received the 8th highest score in the "Competitiveness"  category which allows the opposite party to be competitive in more districts than the vast majority of submitted plans.

The Senate redistricting plan also ranks 6th in the "Equipopulation" category.  This category grades the plans on how equal the districts are in population. The Senate's plan is well within constitutional limits.

On the other hand, the Republican Senate, "Watkins" plan, submitted by Senator John Watkins (R-Powhatan) and supported by the Republican Senate Caucus, only placed in the "Equipopulation" category.  It did not place in the fairness or competitiveness categories.

"We are proud to receive this recognition. Not only have we been able to create a redistricting map that meets all federal and state legal requirements, we have created one of the highest scoring maps in Virginia," said Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington).  

"The Senate Republicans and others have no room to complain about our redistricting plan when the plan they submitted has been judged by an independent source as less fair and competitive than ours," said Senate Democratic Caucus Communications Director Keiana Page.

To see the rankings on the Virginia Redistricting Competition's website visithttps://districtbuilder.varedistrictingcompetition.org/districtmapping/plan/1664/view/ and then click the "Leaderboards" tab.

The Virginia Redistricting Competition website is sponsored by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University and the Public Mapping Project.  The competition website looked at 32 state Senate Redistricting plans.

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