Although required by the Virginia Constitution to complete Congressional redistricting in 2011, the GOP controlled General Assembly chose to delay consideration until the 2012 session when they would not be impeded in any way by Democratic proposals. The Governor signed new congressional maps into law January 25, 2012 (HB251).
There was a required federal review by the DOJ since Virginia is a Voting Rights Act state that could take as much as 60 days, delaying the June 12th primary date. A Virginia House committee on February 3rd advanced emergency legislation that would move the June primary for state congressional races and the U.S. Senate contest to August if a Congressional redistricting plan was not approved by April 3rd.
The Associated Press reports in a letter Wednesday, March 14, 2012 that the Department of Justice approved the Congressional Redistricting Plan submitted (HB 251). Primary elections will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2012 as needed.