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Gerrymandering inches toward its deserved end

July 16, 2016

EDITORIAL BOARD
The News Leader

There’s a bit of good news about politics. Really. Gerrymandering is inching toward an end. A movement to end this bipartisan incumbent protection program — by which politicians draw their district boundaries and thus pick their voters — has gained significant ground. Here in Virginia, where a lawsuit over the poorly crafted districts was recently decided and two others are in court, people are finally fed up enough to do something about it. Fair redistricting advocates at OneVirginia2021 say that in the past 18 months their supporter list has jumped from 3,500 to more than 26,000. The group’s goal is to end gerrymandering before Virginia’s next redistricting in 2021.