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When the legislative session concluded last month, attention turned to redistricting as officials work to approve new state and congressional districts in time for the November elections. After the U.S. census is performed every 10 years, states are constitutionally mandated to redraw district lines that reflect population shifts.

Virginia’s population has grown by 1 million over the past decade, now topping 8 million residents

In addition to the newly unveiled House and Senate maps, college students in Virginia drew 57 maps for a redistricting competition, and Virginia’s members of Congress have agreed on a map that protects their districts.

While Mr. McDonnell appointed a bipartisan redistricting commission to give advice to the General Assembly, he does not plan to introduce a map based on commission recommendations.

Senate and House committees will hold public hearings on redistricting across the state Thursday and Saturday.