STATEMENT FROM BRIAN CANNON ON THE JANUARY 30 SUBCOMMITTEE VOTE ON REDISTRICTING REFORM
RICHMOND, VA – On Monday, January 30, four Delegates voted to table all redistricting reform bills. Delegate Randy Minchew (P&E Constitutional Subcommittee Chair), Delegate Mark Cole (P&E Chair), Delegate Tim Hugo, and Delegate Jackson Miller all voted against proposals to reform our rigged redistricting process.
One of the bills, HJ763, carried by Delegate Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), would prohibit the wide-spread practice of politicians carving out their political opponents. Contrary to comments by some members of the subcommittee, it did not include a redistricting commission, but just a simple one-line addition to the Virginia Constitution:
No electoral district shall be drawn for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring any political party, incumbent legislator, member of Congress, or other individual or entity.
“This amendment represents the core component of redistricting reform. It is simple: if you think politicians should be able to carve out their political opponents, then you are for gerrymandering and the elimination of competition in our elections,” said Brian Cannon, executive director of OneVirginia2021. “This was particularly disappointing given that Delegate Minchew has previously supported redistricting reform and today he cast the deciding vote in his subcommittee to kill even the most modest efforts to stop gerrymandering.”
“Looking forward, we hope other members of the House of Delegates will bring bills beyond Delegate Minchew’s subcommittee for a full vote on the floor. Virginians are looking for leaders who will not be afraid to stand up for fair, competitive elections over incumbents picking their voters and redrawing district lines to their own advantage.”
OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting is a group of dedicated people from across the political spectrum who believe congressional and state legislative districts belong to Virginians, and not to any legislator, special interest, or political party. We advocate for a fair process, not a particular political outcome.