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

    December 12, 2018 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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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  • BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE PROPOSES VIRGINIA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

    December 11, 2018 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    NOVEMBER 29, 2018 A bipartisan committee of former Virginia political leaders and election law experts has proposed a state constitutional amendment that would end gerrymandering by giving control over legislative district boundaries to an independent commission of Virginia voters. At a press conference in the Capitol, members of the Citizens Constitutional Amendment Drafting Committee detailed […]

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  • Bipartisan committee to announce proposal to address Virginia gerrymandering

    December 03, 2018 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    Press Conference Announcing Constitutional Amendment Proposal 10:15 a.m., Thursday, November 29, 2018 House Room 2 of the Capitol, Richmond Richmond, VA — A bipartisan panel of former political leaders and election law experts from throughout Virginia on Thursday will unveil its proposed state Constitutional amendment to ensure Virginia has a redistricting process that’s transparent, protects […]

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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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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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  • Press Release: Citizens Constitutional Amendment Drafting Committee will give Virginians a voice and a vote on redistricting

    August 30, 2018 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    RICHMOND, Va. (Aug. 30) — ​​OneVirginia2021 has assembled a dedicated, diverse and bipartisan group of Virginians to draft an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that would ensure fair, non-partisan redistricting after the 2020 Census. The Citizens Constitutional Amendment Drafting Committee will​ recommend to the Governor, the General Assembly and the people of Virginia a Constitutional […]

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  • Virginia voters should have a say in redistricting

    August 07, 2018 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • Posted In: • 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 • 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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