Negotiations break down at Virginia Redistricting Commission

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FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2020, file photo, redistricting reform advocate Brian Cannon poses with some of his yard signs and bumper stickers in his office in Richmond, Va. Negotiations broke down Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, between members of Virginia’s bipartisan redistricting commission after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on which proposed maps they should use as a starting point. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Negotiations have broken down between members of Virginia’s bipartisan redistricting commission.

The impasse came Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on which proposed legislative maps they should use as a starting point.

The meeting ended after Democratic citizen co-chair Greta Harris said she was leaving.

The impasse comes two days before the commission must turn in maps for Virginia’s state House and Senate districts.

The commission is evenly split between Democratic and Republican appointees. And it was already struggling to break a partisan divide.

The commission is tasked with dividing the state’s voters into new political districts. It also must ensure that Black and minority voters are given a fair shot to elect candidates of their choice.

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