The Virginia Voter, April 2021

The Virginia Voter, April 2021

President’s Message: Because We’re a League

LWV-VA Nominating Committee

Save The Date: Convention

Redistricting Update

Action Issue Group: Spring is for Cultivation

Domestic Violence Issue Group Forming: Call for Members

It Took Faith to Move Mountains: Virginia is the First Southern State to Abolish the Death Penalty

Marijuana Legislation: A Start but Not Far Enough

Criminal Justice Reforms

All Virtual General Assembly Has Ended

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The Virginia Voter, March 2021

The Virginia Voter, March 2021

President’s Message: What Brought You to the League?

Advocacy Challenge

Advocacy and Testimony Roundup: Beyond Voting and Elections

All You Need to Know About the General Assembly’s Work on Election Legislation

Domestic Violence Issue Group

Gender Balanced Representation Demands Systemic Strategies

Make Space for the League

After the Vote: Virginia Women in Politics

SAVE THE DATE: 2021 Convention

LWV-VA Nominating Committee

LWVUS Volunteer Lobby Corps

Easy Ways to Support LWV-VA: Passive Giving

National Deaf History Month

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Amendment #1 Passes at the Polls

Citizen-led, transparent process to replace current, broken system

Virginians voted Tuesday to establish a bipartisan and citizen-led redistricting commission, thwarting the practice of politicians picking their constituents.  

The Amendment, which took two years to bring to the voters, after having to pass two different sessions of the General Assembly, creates a redistricting commission rather than having maps drawn by the majority party. Districts will need to be drawn in accordance with strict requirements of federal and state laws that address racial and ethnic fairness and provide opportunities for racial and ethnic communities to elect candidates of their choice.

“Politicians have benefitted from a system where they picked their own districts for too long. The amendment provides for a citizen-led commission which will take redistricting out of backroom political maneuverings,” said Deb Wake, President of the League of Women Voters of Virginia. “All of the proceedings of this commission are open to the public and transparent, bringing much needed sunlight to the process. Thanks to Governor Northam for inserting enabling language so the process can start immediately.”

The League has been working for fair redistricting for many generations and will continue to work to make sure there is citizen involvement and oversight of the process. We support #PeoplePoweredFairMaps.

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