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U.S. Fourth Circuit sends 2022 House elections case back to lower court

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A federal appeals court has sent a lawsuit seeking to force Virginia to hold House elections this year back to a lower court.

Former Democratic Party of Virginia chair Paul Goldman is arguing that House members elected last fall must run again this year under newly-redrawn legislative maps.

The Attorney General’s office argued before the federal court that last year’s election was constitutional and new ones aren’t needed.

The panel didn’t weigh on whether new elections are needed. It wants the lower court to determine if Goldman has grounds to bring the case in the first place.