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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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  • Work the polls!

    August 29, 2017 • Posted In: • Other

    Donate a few hours t0 this cause and to make a major difference! Want to help out? Fill out the form here We are looking for volunteers from all parts of the state. So no matter if you are from the Eastern Shore, northern Virginia, southwest Virginia, OneVirginia2021 needs you! FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 1. What do I have to do? […]

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  • U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocks ruling against Texas congressional map

    August 28, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Teax Tribune By Alexa Ura & Jim Malewitz The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday put on hold a lower court ruling that invalidated two of Texas’ 36 congressional districts. In an order signed by Justice Samuel Alito, the high court indicated it wanted to hear from the minority groups suing the state before the state’s appeal […]

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  • After losses on voting laws and districting, Texas turns to Supreme Court

    August 27, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Robert Barnes The state of Texas is in the midst of an extraordinary losing streak in federal courts over the way it conducts elections. It is hoping the Supreme Court will come to the rescue. In the past couple of weeks, federal judges in four separate cases ruled that the Texas Legislature […]

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  • Redistricting should be fair, non-partisan

    August 23, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Virginia Gazette By Mike Hatfield The James City County Board of Supervisors voted on Aug. 8 to reject a proposal to create a fair redistricting of the county after the 2020 census. In truth, the three members who voted against the resolution were voting instead for unfair redistricting.

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  • Virginia hurt by gerrymandering, panelists sayDail

    August 23, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Daily Press By Dave Ress Redistricting could explode as the top — and most heated — issue the next governor and General Assembly will face early next year, Virginia’s leading campaigner for reform said at a panel hosted by Peninsula Voices for Change. About 30 people attended the panel at Tabb Library Wednesday evening to discuss gerrymandering and […]

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  • Fair redistricting effort deserves our support

    August 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Daily Progress By Tyson Janney With our country seemingly embroiled in political controversy on a daily basis, one local organization deserves our non-partisan support. One Virginia 2021 is continuing its statewide efforts to bring about fair and legitimate redistricting in Virginia.

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  • Federal Court Orders Texas Voting Map Changes Ahead Of 2018

    August 17, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    CBS DFW Texas’ congressional maps are still flawed by racial gerrymandering and must be partially redrawn before the 2018 elections, a three-judge federal panel ruled Tuesday. Courts have chided Texas in recent years for intentional racial discrimination in voting maps and a strict voter ID law, and the state must now quickly redo two of the state’s 36 congressional […]

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  • After the deal goes down: crooked alpacas replace Virginia democracy

    August 12, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Stephen Nash and 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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  • The U.S. could be free of gerrymandering. Here’s how other countries do redistricting.

    August 08, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Washington Post By Bernard Grofman and German Feierherd This year, on the first day of its term, the Supreme Court will consider the much-anticipated Gill v. Whitford. That case brings up the hot-button question of whether a state legislature may draw electoral districts that favor one party over another. Gerrymandering, as it’s called, is clearly prohibited if it’s done to […]

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  • Geometry And Gerrymandering: Can Math Fix Politics?

    August 08, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    wbur Carol Zall A group of mathematicians is meeting this week at Tufts University to discuss the legal and technological issues surrounding gerrymandering, the practice of setting up electoral districts to favor a particular political party.

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  • Supreme Court set to scrutinize partisan gerrymandering—and why it matters

    July 29, 2017 • Posted In: • Other

    Brookings By Matthew Spector Though overshadowed by the first publicly-available opinions from Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, this session of the Supreme Court could prove pivotal for voter representation and the composition of Congress for decades to come. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear Gill v. Whitford, in a hearing that will likely take place this fall, will address again […]

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  • We need non-partisan redistricting

    July 27, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Roanoke Times Letter to the Editor (Marcia Winters) I am writing this letter to present my opinion that some actions by our state government are not democratic. I believe a truly democratic government does the will of the people. I don’t believe that is currently the case in the Virginia House of Delegates. Redistricting […]

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  • The Terminator Heads to the Supreme Court

    July 25, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Politico By Edward-Isaac Dovere Arnold Schwarzenegger is used to blowing things up: Aliens, the T-1000, state budgets.Now, the former action hero and ex-California governor is taking on something vastly less cinematic, but no less daunting: redistricting reform. “In the movies, you solve this problem very quickly,” Schwarzenegger said. “You go in the room, you break the […]

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  • Judges in Md. redistricting case decry politically motivated electoral map

    July 17, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Ann E. Marimow and Josh Hicks A panel of federal judges on Friday sided with Republicans challenging Maryland’s electoral map, saying there is convincing evidence that the state’s Democratic leaders intentionally drew voting boundaries to make it easier for their party to pick up another congressional seat. One judge described the politically motivated mapmaking as […]

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  • Rappahannock lawyer to argue Supreme Court case on gerrymandering

    July 16, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    RappNews By Kit Goldfarb I recently had the opportunity to talk to lawyer Paul Smith about voting issues in Virginia and other states, especially the issue of gerrymandering. Smith, who divides his time between Flint Hill and Washington, D.C., is working on a number of important cases addressing voting rights, most notably an upcoming case […]

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