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A citizen coalition rallied against the maps drawn thus far by both chambers. They called for what they said were the more bipartisan maps of both a gubernatorial panel and college students. Britney Burns handed out gifts and T-shirts that chastise what the group sees as politicized, snake-like districts.

"It says, 'Virginians, don't let the snake bit you. Support bipartisan redistricting.' And then we brought in little plastic snakes to hand out to all the legislators," Burns says.

Chesterfield Republican Sen. Steve Martin worried about his new district's split communities.

"It's not about my district, even though my district does look like a flying falcon that's making to the West, stretching from the suburbs of Lynchburg to the other side of Hopewell," he says.

House Democratic Leader Ward Armstrong's Henry County-area district was moved to Northern Virginia:

"Gerrymandering is bad, regardless of which political party does it, and it's the most selfish exercise in politics, the most fraught with self-interest, and it needs to be changed," he says.

At a public hearing, citizens also called for adding more minority-majority districts and not diluting Latino voting strength.

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