- Contact your senator and ask him/her to support an independent citizen’s commission for Redistricting–Especially if your senator is on the Senate Privileges & Elections Committee: Vogel (Chairperson),Howell, Deeds, Edwards, Reeves, Ebbin, Chafin, DeSteph, Chase, Ruff,Cosgrove, Dance, Spruill, Peake.
- Participate in person with 1VA2021 Lobby Days; more info here.
- After contacting your legislator, report your advocacy here.
Status: The amendment has been sent to the Senate P&E Committee and will likely be added to the January 22 docket.
Justification: Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. The drawing of district lines following a decennial (every ten years) census should be done by an independent, citizen commission rather than by politicians who have a vested interest in the outcome.
We need a constitutional amendment that cannot be easily changed by the next legislature.
An Independent Citizen Commission should be established that is: politically balanced and independent, not composed of elected officials, representative of the geographical distribution of the state, representative of the demographic diversity of the state, and have an uneven number of members.
Districts should be: of equal population, contiguous and compact, protect the voting strength of minority groups, consider natural geographic boundaries, consider jurisdictional boundaries, consider communities of interest, and be competitive.
LWV-VA Postition: Support for the establishment, in law, of a politically balanced and independent Reapportionment Commission for each decennial redistricting to prepare, with the Virginia Department of Legislative Services, a plan for submission to the legislature as specified by the Virginia Constitution. The Commission should be bi-partisan and be composed of individuals who are not elected officials; they should represent the geographical distribution and demographic diversity of the state, and consist of an uneven number of members. In addition to the Virginia constitutional requirement of equal population, contiguous and compact districts and the need for protecting the voting strength of minority groups, the League supports the following considerations in redistricting:
- Natural geographic boundaries;
- Jurisdictional boundaries;
- Communities of interest; and
The Virginia constitution should be amended to provide that redistricting will occur on a decennial basis only. (1985, 2007)
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