Redistricting Timeline

November 25

Judicial panel meets to approve application forms for citizen members

Panel of Retired Circuit Court Judges
This panel will select eight citizen members

  • Pamela Baskervill, chairman (selected by the other four judges)
  • Joanne F. Alper (selected by House Democrats)
  • Larry B. Kirksey (selected by House Republicans)
  • David Pugh (selected by Senate Democrats)
  • William C. Andrews III (selected by Senate Republicans)

November 30

Application process opens for citizen members

Citizens must be a Virginia resident for the past three years and must have voted in at least two of the last three general elections. Applicants CANNOT be considered if:

  • Holds, have held or have sought partisan elected office or political party position
  • Employed or has been employed by the General Assembly or Congress
  • Employed or has been employed by any campaign for local, state or federal office
  • Employed or has been employed by any political party or a member of state party central committee
  • Has been lobbyist or lobbyist principal in the last five years

In addition, the prohibition extends to a parent, spouse, child, sibling, in-law of anyone who would be disqualified for the five reasons stated above

December 1

Deadline for General Assembly to name 8 legislators

House of Delegates
Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham)
Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond)
Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Westmoreland)
Del. Marcus Simon (D-Fairfax)
State Senate
Sen. George Barker (D-Fairfax)
Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Hanover)
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Lynchburg)

December 28

Application deadline for citizen members

January 1, 2021

Deadline for legislators to submit a list of names for the judicial panel to consider as citizen nominees

Each of the four delegations — House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans — can nominate up to 16 nominees

January 6, 2021

Panel of five retired judges approved the eight (8) citizen members

In selecting citizen members, the panel of retired judges shall give consideration to the “racial, ethnic, geographic, and gender diversity of the Commonwealth.”

February 1, 2021

Deadline for commission to hold first meeting

The chairman must be selected among the eight citizen members.

April 1, 2021

Census deadline to provide Virginia with updated population data

Traditionally, Virginia has relied on getting Census data before other states, as it is one of only two states that redraw districts and hold elections this year. However, a top Census official said last month that it is “likely” that the updated population numbers will be released to all states at the same time, “as close as possible” to the April 1 statutory deadline.

April 2, 2021

Tentative deadline for House of Delegates maps to be approved in order to be used in November 2021 elections. (Based on August 24 primary date, request by Department of Elections for 99 days to give localities time to assign voters to new districts and 45 days of early voting before primary.)

The Department of Elections has told legislators that it needs 99 days between the time maps are approved until early voting in primary elections begins. Localities need time to reassign voting districts of millions of voters. Time is also needed to give candidates time to qualify for primary elections or other party nominating events.

In addition, under current law, early voting takes place 45 days before an election. The General Assembly could shorten that time for a primary election.

July 9, 2021

Start of 45-day early voting if House primaries are held on Aug. 24

August 24, 2021

Tentative date of House primary elections

November 2, 2021

General Election

Source: Virginia Division of Legislative Services