Virginia's Redistricting

These were the key developments in the redrawing of the state's 140 legislative district boundaries.

April 2001: Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) signs into law Virginia's first redistricting plan devised by Republicans.

June 2001: Democrats file suit in Salem Circuit Court.

March 11, 2002: Circuit Court Judge Richard C. Pattisall overturns the plan. He rules that some districts had been drawn for illegal racial reasons, while others failed to meet the state's constitutional requirement that they be compact and contiguous. He orders the General Assembly to draw new districts and hold elections for the House of Delegates in 2002.

March 12: A dispute arises among Republican and Democratic leaders after Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore (R) announces that he will appeal but Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) urges further consideration.

March 18: Warner agrees that the decision will be appealed to state Supreme Court.

May 28: State Supreme Court puts the lower court ruling on hold.

Sept. 12: Attorneys for Warner and Democrats ask the court to uphold Pattisall. Attorneys for Kilgore and fellow Republicans argue that while the redistricting plan is inherently political, it fulfills all constitutional voting rights requirements.

Nov. 1: Court upholds the General Assembly's redistricting plan.