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  • Score Card for the Virginia House of Delegates

    October 27, 2017 • Posted In: • 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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  • Statement of Support for Governor and Lt. Governor Candidates

    October 26, 2017 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    Statement of OneVirginia2021 on Governor and Lieutenant Governor Races October 26, 2017 This year’s elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor will determine who is in control of those offices during the 2021 redistricting process in Virginia.  The governor will have a veto pen over gerrymandered maps that may pass the General Assembly and the power […]

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  • Text of Oral Arguments Gill v. Whitford

    October 04, 2017 • Posted In: • Other

    https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/2017/16-1161_bpm1.pdf

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

    October 04, 2017 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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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  • ADVISORY: Experts available for coverage of 3 key gerrymandering cases in October

    October 03, 2017 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Contact: Greg Lucyk, President, OneVirginia2021 804-920-7031 [email protected] Brian Cannon, Executive Director, OneVirginia2021 804-240-9922 [email protected] ADVISORY: Experts available for coverage of 3 key gerrymandering cases in October Beginning with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, October promises key court action in three redistricting reform cases that will determine Virginia’s […]

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  • Supreme Court takes up Wisconsin as test in partisan gerrymandering claims

    October 03, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Robert Barnes Opponents of political gerrymandering had reason for optimism at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the likely swing vote, appearing more in sync with liberal colleagues who seemed convinced that a legislative map can be so infected with political bias that it violates the Constitution.

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  • Justice Kennedy on hot seat in major voting rights case

    October 03, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Constitution Ally By Andrew Chung Supreme Court justices clashed on Tuesday over whether courts should curb the long-standing U.S. political practice of drawing electoral maps to entrench one party in power, with conservative Anthony Kennedy likely to cast the deciding vote. The nine justices heard an hour of arguments in the major voting rights case out […]

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  • Of Judges and Gerrymanders

    October 03, 2017 • Posted In: • EditorialNews

    The Wall Street Journal By The Editorial Board The Supreme Court risks making the judiciary an even larger political target. Partisan gerrymanders predate the republic, though improved technology has made it easier for politicians to pick their voters. This makes elections less competitive and politics perhaps more polarized, but the question before the Supreme Court […]

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  • History frowns on partisan gerrymandering

    October 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Cliff Sloan and Michael Waldman As the Supreme Court prepares to consider whether gerrymandering can ever be so partisan as to be unconstitutional, some defenders of the practice will contend that its long historical pedigree should immunize it from judicial review. But history tells a different story. Partisan gerrymandering is inconsistent […]

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  • A Supreme chance to cage the gerrymander

    September 29, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Marsha Mercer The Supreme Court convenes Monday after its summer recess and on Tuesday takes up a case that could end extreme partisan gerrymandering. Justices will hear arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case from Wisconsin where, after Republicans took complete control of the state government in 2010, the state legislature redrew state […]

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  • Is the Supreme Court about to plunge into a political thicket?

    September 29, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By George F. Will On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments tempting it to plunge into an impenetrable political thicket. It will consider a lower court’s ruling that, if allowed to stand, will require the judiciary to determine whether and when partisanship in drawing electoral districts — something as old as […]

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  • Gerrymandering: When does redistricting leave voters without a voice?

    September 25, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Princeton University The Office of Communications On Oct. 3, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan as being the product of partisan gerrymandering. Princeton’s Sam Wang has a suggestion for the justices — and for citizens who want to make their voices heard.

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  • Gerrymandering: Let’s gamble, and I’ll make up all the rules

    September 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    News Leader By Stephen Nash & Mary Peyton Baskin My rules: let’s deal. Seven cards for me, three for you, and jokers are wild. But only for me. That’s how our General Assembly works now. State legislators get to draw their own district boundaries. And they are manipulated so that incumbents have nearly unbeatable odds in […]

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  • Supreme Court case offers window into how representatives choose their constituents

    September 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Robert Barnes Behind the locked doors of a “map room,” in a politically connected law firm’s offices across from the historic Capitol, three men worked in secret to ensure the future of the state’s newly triumphant Republican Party. They were drawing the legislative districts in which members of the Wisconsin Senate and […]

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  • Well-informed voters make democracy work

    September 19, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Daily Progress By Kerin Yates Letter to the Editor Election season is upon us. You don’t care? Not planning to vote? Please know those responses are killing our democracy. You say your vote doesn’t count? Well, you are partially correct. There are roadblocks that devalue your vote. One, for example, is the problem of […]

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  • A certain remorseless force has rendered the landscape badly scrambled

    September 15, 2017 • Posted In: • Other

    The Washington Post By Tom Toles

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  • The Supreme Court should strike down Wisconsin’s gerrymandering

    September 13, 2017 • Posted In: • Editorial

    The Washington Post By Editorial Board THE SUPREME COURT has long kept a distance from arguments over gerrymandering, that most American practice of redrawing the lines of legislative districts in order to tip elections toward the party in power. But early next month, the justices will hear a challenge to the 2011 redrawing of Wisconsin’s state […]

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  • Alexandrians for Fair Redistricting in Virginia

    September 11, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Alexandria Gazette Packet By Stafford Ward On Nov. 7, over 5.4 million registered Virginia voters will cast their vote for one gubernatorial candidate, and for 100 Virginia House of Delegates across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Polling places in the City of Alexandria, and across the Commonwealth, will be setup to ensure that all Virginians will […]

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  • Gerrymandering practice must end, and soon

    September 08, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Free Lance Star Letter to the Editor Lynne McCay As a mathematics lover, I read with interest a recent Associated Press article about a mathematics professor at Tufts University, who hosted a weeklong conference there “to harness cutting edge mathematics to address gerrymandering,” or “the practice of crafting voting districts in a way that […]

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  • OneVirginia2021 Joins Supreme Court Amicus brief Challenging Partisan Gerrymandering

    September 07, 2017 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    OneVirginia2021, a nonprofit organization engaged in a comprehensive effort to remove partisan gerrymandering from the redistricting process in Virginia, joined an amicus brief filed yesterday in the United States Supreme Court in Gill v. Whitford, No. 16-1161, a case appealing a three-judge federal court decision striking down the 2011 Wisconsin legislative redistricting as an unconstitutional partisan […]

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  • Prominent Republicans Urge Supreme Court to End Gerrymandering

    September 06, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The New York Times By Adam Liptak Breaking ranks with many of their fellow Republicans, a group of prominent politicians filed briefs on Tuesday urging the Supreme Court to rule that extreme political gerrymandering — the drawing of voting districts to give lopsided advantages to the party in power — violates the Constitution. The briefs were […]

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  • Bipartisan swath of lawmakers files Supreme Court briefs against gerrymandering

    September 05, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Politico By Edward-Isaac Dovere Arnold Schwarzenegger’s push for nonpartisan redistricting gained significant Republican support on Tuesday, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich signing on to his amicus brief at the Supreme Court and Arizona Sen. John McCain filing a separate friend-of-the-court brief. Then 36 current and former members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, filed yet another […]

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  • Decline of civics education behind apathetic electorate

    September 05, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The News Virginian Letter to the Editor By Meg Heubeck We need to come together as a nation. Why? We are in this place because the last several decades of political polarization have created an adversarial type of discourse leading to gridlock and stagnation. Instead of moving forward, our government continues to do business with little […]

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  • Schwarzenegger’s bipartisan next political act: Terminating gerrymandering

    September 04, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    San Francisco Chronicle By Joe Garofoli Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a master at marketing, having scaled to the top of three different professions. But these days, the former bodybuilder and movie star is taking on perhaps his biggest sales challenge since he made “Last Action Hero”: He’s trying to get people to care […]

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