A special session of the General Assembly in the summer that was called by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) failed to resolve the issue so the matter returned to the court. The district court has appointed Bernard Grofman, a University of California at Irvine political science professor, as a special master to redraw the districts. Grofman is expected to present his report to the district court soon. Cox said state lawmakers haven’t yet decided if they will ask a court to temporarily halt Grofman’s work, the Petersburg-based Progress-Index reports.
 
 
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