January 20, 2011
Teams of college students will compete to draw new maps for Virginia's 11 congressional districts, 100 state House of Delegates districts and 40 state Senate seats.
The 2011 Virginia College and University Legislative Redistricting Competition starts when U.S. Census data is released next month. It coincides with the General Assembly's redrawing of the state's political boundaries. The best maps in each category will be awarded a cash prize and will be presented for consideration by Gov. Bob McDonnell's bipartisan redistricting advisory panel.
Contest organizers are Christopher Newport University professor Quentin Kidd and George Mason University professor Michael McDonald. Judges will be Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute.