November 3, Virginians can reclaim the power of their vote by supporting a citizen-led commission to draw district lines. Vote Yes for The Proposed Constitutional Amendment #1.
What’s Wrong with Redistricting in Virginia?
Virginia’s election maps and the boundaries between districts are drawn by the General Assembly, our state legislators whose careers can rise or fall based on where the lines end up. Politicians can use these maps to dilute voters’ power. Short Video.
The League of Women Voters of Virginia first formally studied redistricting in 1983 in order to form a position from which to advocate. However, archival materials housed at the Library of Virginia indicate an interest as far back as 1952. Our current position updated in 2007.
Gerrymandering runs counter to equal voting rights for all eligible voters. It can amount to illegal voter suppression, as some communities gain disproportionate representation and others lose the ability to elect candidates of their choice.
The League of Women Voters opposes partisan and racial gerrymandering. The League supports publicly transparent processes and supports processes designed to improve fair representation.