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  • Editorial: Redistricting resolution looks promising

    January 18, 2019 • Editorial

    In a press release on Tuesday, state Sens. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., R-Augusta, and Mamie E. Locke, D-Hampton, announced SJ274, which would end political gerrymandering by taking redistricting out of the hands of politicians and creating Virginia’s first Citizens Redistricting Commission. The commission’s membership will be chosen during a series of meetings made up of […]

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  • Redistricting must be independent of politics

    January 18, 2019 • News

    The General Assembly must hand over control of the redistricting process to an independent commission Virginia redistricting process is clearly broken and in need of immediate reform. On Jan. 8, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant a stay in a case that challenged the constitutionality of 11 House districts. Now, some Republican lawmakers want […]

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  • Augusta County senator helps introduce Bipartisan Constitutional Amendment to End Gerrymandering

    January 16, 2019 • News

    A bipartisan constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering was introduced Tuesday by Republican Augusta County Sen. Emmett Hanger and Democratic Sen. Mamie Locke of Hampton City. The amendment would take redistricting out of the hands of politicians and create Virginia’s first Citizens Redistricting Commission, according to a press release from Hanger’s office. Read more at NewsLeader.

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  • COMMENTARY: Redistricting should serve the citizens first

    January 14, 2019 • Editorial

    VERY citizen of the commonwealth should have an equal voice in the election of those who govern and enact laws that affect their lives. That principle undergirds our democracy. I don’t believe anyone would disagree with it. But statements of principle are operationalized by human beings. And this is where it can get dicey. Read […]

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  • Washington Post: Nonpartisan redistricting sought in Virginia

    January 04, 2019 • Editorial

    RICHMOND — Virginia should take the task of political mapmaking away from politicians and turn it over to a nonpartisan redistricting commission, a group of legal experts and former elected officials said Thursday, as they announced plans to try to make that happen by amending the state constitution. The effort to scrap how the state draws […]

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  • Virginia voters deserve a choice

    December 27, 2018 • News

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  • Wyatt Durrette column: Virginia constitutional amendment to create citizens commission to put fair elections first in redrawing legislative districts

    December 19, 2018 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    From an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Two months ago, I was privileged to have space on this page to tell readers about a committee working to correct the system that lets politicians draw election districts in Virginia which favor their party or put their opponents at a disadvantage. Abused by both parties, that system […]

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  • Expert reveals proposal to redraw Va. House map after court rejects GOP attempt to block it

    December 12, 2018 • News

    Graham Moomaw reports that an expert appointed to redraw the Virginia House of Delegates map released his proposal Friday after a federal court rejected a Republican effort to stop it. Bernard Grofman, a political science professor at the University of California-Irvine, filed his 131-page report late Friday afternoon outlining his suggestions for how Virginia could […]

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  • A.E. Dick Howard and Rebecca Green: A chance to end gerrymandering in Virginia

    December 12, 2018 • EditorialNews

    THE GREATER THE POWER, so the saying goes, the greater the abuse. The power to design election districts is undeniably great. Its abuse — gerrymandering boundaries to favor one party or hurt the other — undermines democracy itself. Losing faith in fair elections erodes people’s trust in government. In the upcoming 2019 General Assembly session, the people […]

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  • 78% of Virginia voters support Constitutional Amendment to create Redistricting Commission

    December 12, 2018 • News

    Virginia voters are overwhelmingly in favor of amending the state constitution to transfer the power to draw legislative districts from the General Assembly to an independent commission of citizens. Nearly 4 out of 5 voters support the commission defined in a Constitutional Amendment proposed by a bipartisan committee of former lawmakers and election law experts, […]

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  • As House GOP prepares to vote on new map, Northam pledges veto, support for constitutional amendment for nonpartisan process

    October 04, 2018 • News

    As Republicans appeared poised to push forward with a likely party-line vote this month on new maps to fix 11 House districts a court has ruled were racially gerrymandered, Gov. Ralph Northam vowed a veto. And the governor, a Democrat, says he will support a push to “enshrine nonpartisan redistricting in the Virginia Constitution” via an […]

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  • Gibson: Will Virginians get a chance to end gerrymandering?

    September 24, 2018 • Editorial

    In four months, Virginia lawmakers will have to deal with the partisan question of whether to ditch or preserve the majority-party power to redraw district lines to suit themselves. Their choice is made more difficult by the temptation for many in each party to believe that they will own majorities when the 2020 Census data […]

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  • Digby Solomon on gerrymandering

    September 24, 2018 • Editorial

    Virginia’s Democrats, like their national counterparts, have finally gotten religion about the evils of gerrymandering. It’s ironic, considering their political ancestors provided the inspiration for the term used to describe the packing of election districts for the benefit of a particular party. The Massachusetts Gazette coined the term in 1812 to describe state senatorial election districts […]

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  • Virginia’s redistricting argument could strengthen push for independent map drawers

    September 17, 2018 • News

    Last month, two top House Democrats stood in front of Republican colleagues, facing a cross-examination that resembled a live courtroom. “Who – who actually drew the map?” asked Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, at a meeting of the House Privileges and Elections committee. “It was a collective effort,” said Del. Lamont Bagby, D-Henrico, and chairman of […]

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  • Editorial: A modest proposal for redistricting: Let a jury decide

    September 06, 2018 • News

    Virginia’s State Capitol sits on a hill that overlooks the James River, or did before high-rises sprung up in downtown Richmond. That high ground of politics should not be confused, however, with the more illusory thing we call the moral high ground.   Read full article at The Roanoke Times

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  • Virginia voters should have a say in redistricting

    August 07, 2018 • News

    Regarding the Aug. 3 editorial “ The voters speak up ,” about the Michigan court decision to allow an anti-gerrymandering proposal on the state ballot: Read full article at The Washington Post

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  • Michigan Supreme Court Victory for Voters Not Politicians

    August 01, 2018 • News

    Detroit Free Press BY KATHLEEN GRAY AND PAUL EGAN LANSING — A proposal to create a bipartisan commission to draw Michigan’s political lines — intended to stop political gerrymandering — will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday. Read full article at Detroit Free Press

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  • Letter: Redraw the districts

    July 30, 2018 • Letters to the EditorNews

    The Virginian-Pilot Even those who voted for their elected official and are supportive of the job they do realize the importance of redistricting reform… BY JUDITH E. BROWN I live in one of the districts of the Virginia House of Delegates that a federal court has said must be redrawn. I hope the redrawing happens […]

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  • Redistricting: Wrong By Both Political Parties

    July 26, 2018 • News

    The Arlington Connection BY BIANCA MOORMAN Residents from throughout the area came to listen and express their concerns July 12 about gerrymandering  

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  • Media Advisory: OneVirginia2021 Launches Constitutional Amendment Campaign with March to the State Capitol

    February 26, 2018 • NewsPress Releases

    Media Advisory: OneVirginia2021 Launches Constitutional Amendment Campaign with March to the State Capitol March Forth initiative will include a day of training sessions for advocates and speakers from Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians RICHMOND, VA – Non-partisan redistricting advocacy organization OneVirginia2021 will host advocates from across Virginia as they launch their biggest grassroots campaign to date, […]

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  • OneVirginia2021 Announces March Forth Campaign, Augusta Free Press

    February 14, 2018 • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    OneVirginia2021 announced Monday the upcoming launch of its the March Forth campaign for a constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering in the Commonwealth. OneVirginia2021 announces March Forth campaign

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  • Drawing the lines on gerrymandering

    January 15, 2018 • EditorialNews

    CBS News By Mo Rocca Federal judges this past week ordered a redrawing of the lines between Congressional Districts in North Carolina, while the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of a similar ruling in Texas. And then there’s Pennsylvania — which features a Congressional map that, some critics say, looks like a cartoon. […]

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  • Score Card for the Virginia House of Delegates

    October 27, 2017 • News

    ONEVIRGINIA2021 REDISTRICTING LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT SUMMARY October 27, 2017 2017 is an important election year for redistricting reform in Virginia. This scorecard is intended to help voters decide which candidates are most likely to support redistricting reform. The scorecard uses candidates’ voting records, their questionnaires, their willingness to sponsor redistricting reform bills, as well as taking […]

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  • Anthony Kennedy Doesn’t Tip Hand In Landmark Redistricting Case

    October 04, 2017 • News

    Huffington Post By Sam Levine Justice Anthony Kennedy, the key swing vote in a landmark redistricting case before the Supreme Court, did not ask a single question of lawyers challenging maps for the Wisconsin state assembly, but did ask lawyers for the state to clarify whether an electoral map could ever be so egregiously partisan […]

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  • Redistricting Reform Within Reach, Advocate Tells Batten Students

    October 04, 2017 • News

    University of Virginia – Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy By Carl Briggs It’s “crunch time” for proponents of new boundaries for legislative districts, but according to Brian Cannon, executive director of the redistricting reform group OneVirginia2021, that reform is within reach. Cannon, who served as a guest lecturer in Professor Andy Pennock’s Political and Moral […]

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