• Va. group pushing for redistricting reform reaches out to Valley voters Virginia group talks nonpartisan redistricting in Staunton

    June 13, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Alex Johnson STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)– If you look at a map of Virginia’s House and Senate districts, you’ll find boundaries that may seem to have no rhyme or reason; but according to some, it’s no accident the district lines were drawn this way back in 2010 by state legislatures. To One Virginia 2021, who […]

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  • Ready or not, Virginia is back at the center of the political universe

    June 12, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Laura Vozella and Fenit Nirappil Washington Post Front doors swing open across Virginia’s picturesque Shenandoah Valley, and Jennifer Brown pops what should be an easy question: Do you plan to vote in the Republican primary for governor? These are not just any front doors, but those belonging to reliable GOP primary voters, people fired […]

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  • Supreme Court could tackle partisan gerrymandering in watershed case

    June 12, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Robert Barnes Washington Post MADISON, Wis. — With newly elected Scott Walker in the governor’s office and a firm grip on the legislature, Wisconsin Republicans in 2011 had a unique opportunity to redraw the state’s electoral maps and fortify their party’s future. Aides were dispatched to a private law firm to keep their work […]

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  • Attorney touts change proposed for redistricting

    June 09, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Debbie Wachter New Castle News Local and statewide activist groups are heralding an effort to stop gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. About 20 citizens attended a session at the New Castle Public Library on Monday, where Christian Rieger of Cranberry, an attorney who practices in Pittsburgh, explained the concept of gerrymandering — drawing Congressional and Legislative district […]

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  • Fix democracy and end partisan gerrymandering: Carol Nechemias and Robert Naeye

    June 08, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Carol Nechemias Press & Journal Are you tired of endless political gridlock? Disappointed in uncontested elections? Frustrated that you can’t throw the bums out? Gerrymandering — the drawing of legislative districts to favor one party or the other — lurks behind these troubling trends. Gerrymandering is as old as our country, practiced by politicians […]

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  • O’Malley makes the case for Hogan’s reforms

    June 02, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Baltimore Sun  How the courts will react to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Maryland’s redistricting process, we can’t say. The Supreme Court did recently strike down some of the congressional district boundaries in North Carolina, but that was on the relatively well-trodden ground of racial discrimination in redistricting. Maryland’s case, and a […]

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  • Md. gerrymandering lawsuit could impact 2018 voting map

    June 01, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Josh Hicks Washington Post Seven individuals challenging Maryland’s 6th Congressional District as unconstitutional are asking a federal court to overturn the state’s voting map or block officials from using it in the 2018 election.

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  • You Either Want to Change the System or You Don’t

    June 01, 2017 • Posted In: • EditorialNewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Brian Cannon On a recent panel at the Aspen Institute (starting at 51:30), Tom Perez (DNC Chair) and Michael Steele (former RNC Chair) touched on the issue of redistricting reform. Perez said one of the most important things we need to do is engage in redistricting reform. Steele agreed. He also applauded Governor Larry Hogan’s […]

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  • SCOTUS grapples with partisan gerrymandering

    May 30, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Ariane De Vogue Tristate WASHINGTON (CNN) – During a lull between elections, the Supreme Court is taking on a hot-button political issue that could change the way legislative lines are drawn across the country.

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  • Documentary “Gerryrigged” conveys electoral line-drawing at its worst. And Virginia takes the spotlight.

    May 25, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Roger Chesley The Virginian Pilot Virginia’s 8th Congressional District has a shape only a contortionist could love. Rep. Don Beyer’s territory looks like a huge question mark. Or maybe even an “evil guy laughing,” according to a man viewing the Northern Virginia district’s outlines, Rorschach-style, in “Gerryrigged: Turning Democracy on Its Head.” The advocacy […]

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  • Justices Reject 2 Gerrymandered North Carolina Districts, Citing Racial Bias

    May 23, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Adam Liptak New York Times WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down two North Carolina congressional districts on Monday, ruling that lawmakers had violated the Constitution by relying too heavily on race in drawing them, in a decision that could affect many voting maps, generally in the South.

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  • Make redistricting independent

    May 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Andrew Brown Post and Courier It hardly got out of the legislative gate this year, but a bill to create an independent redistricting commission for South Carolina is a reform that deserves to be approved before the session ends next year. It would take gerrymandering out of the process, and that would reduce the […]

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  • Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is starting a non-partisan campaign to end gerrymandering once and for all.

    May 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Moving Left Gerrymandering refers to the manipulation of boundaries for an electoral constituency that favors one party—in this case the scheming Republican party. Schwarzenegger’s campaign says it’s time to put Congressional re-districting in the hands of independent commissions.

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  • Around Prince William: Why should you care about gerrymandering?

    May 19, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Al Alborn Inside NOVA What the heck is gerrymandering, and why should I care? The Prince William chapter of the League of Women Voters answered both questions on May 6.  They hosted a showing of the movie “GerryRIGGED.”  They also introduced attendees to volunteers from OneVirginia2021, a multi-partisan coalition of Virginians working on making […]

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  • Alabama House Approves Redistricting Bill Over Objections

    May 19, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press US News MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives pushed through a redistricting vote Thursday over the objections of black Democrats who said the map was gerrymandered to maintain white GOP dominance. Representatives approved boundaries for the 35 Senate districts in a 71-32 partly line vote. […]

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  • Maryland Democrats’ faux redistricting reform

    May 12, 2017 • Posted In: • EditorialNews

    By Editorial Board The Washington Post WITH ITS preposterously gerrymandered congressional voting districts, Maryland is an outstanding example of why states need nonpartisan redistricting reform. But the redistricting bill that emerged this year in Annapolis — in equal parts cynical and ludicrous — makes clear that the Democrats who dominate both houses of the General […]

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  • Group appeals redistricting case to Virginia Supreme Court

    April 27, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    NBC 29 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A redistricting advocacy group has appealed a judge’s decision upholding 11 Virginia House and Senate districts. OneVirginia2021 said Wednesday that it has appealed the case to the Virginia Supreme Court. The group argues that lawmakers during the 2011 redistricting process violated the requirement that election districts must be compact.

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  • OneVirginia2021 sponsored Plaintiffs file gerrymandering appeal to Supreme Court

    April 26, 2017 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    RICHMOND, VA – Continuing its fight for fair election districts in Virginia, the Plaintiffs in the lawsuit sponsored by non-partisan group OneVirginia2021 has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia to require the General Assembly to obey the anti-gerrymandering mandate of the Virginia Constitution. OneVirginia2021’s lawsuit asks the court to compel the General […]

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  • Key Question for Supreme Court: Will It Let Gerrymanders Stand?

    April 25, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The New York Times By Michael Wines The hand-to-hand political combat in House elections on Tuesday in Georgia and last week in Kansas had the feel of the first rounds of an epic battle next year for control of the House of Representatives and the direction of national politics as the Trump presidency unfolds.

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  • Districting decision disappoints

    April 05, 2017 • Posted In: • EditorialNews

    The Daily Progress Editorial Last week’s circuit court ruling upholding the constitutionality of 11 state legislative districts was a setback for the anti-gerrymandering crusade. The redistricting reform group OneVirginia2021, which was founded in Charlottesville but now operates out of Richmond, had filed suit alleging that the districts were unconstitutionally drawn — particularly, that they were […]

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  • New Va. film calls for action against gerrymandering

    April 03, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Daily Progress By Derek Quizon Gerrymandering has deep roots in Virginia history. The practice — redrawing electoral district boundaries to favor one’s own political party — dates back to former Gov. Patrick Henry, who tried to use the redistricting process to keep his political rival, James Madison, from winning a 1789 congressional race.

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  • Richmond Judge Allowing Anti-Gerrymandering Suit to Move Forward

    March 28, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    NBC29 Alana Austin A Richmond judge says an anti-gerrymandering suit can go forward. If the case makes its way to trial, then the final ruling could have wide-reaching impacts on Virginia and other states. The advocacy group OneVirginia2021 brought this legal challenge, arguing lawmakers in the General Assembly violated the Virginia constitution when drawing state legislative districts.  

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  • Time to revamp redistricting

    March 24, 2017 • Posted In: • EditorialNews

    Editorial The Virginian-Pilot MUCH LIKE SISYPHUS pushing his boulder up a mountainside, advocates for redistricting reform will spend today lobbying lawmakers in Richmond to support changes to the way that all-important process is conducted. Perhaps, this time, they’ll have better results than the mythological figure of Greek lore.

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  • Redistricting Reform Advocates Say The Real ‘Rigged System’ Is Gerrymandering

    March 20, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    WVTF By Sarah McCammon If the election results of 2016 were really about rejecting the political establishment, then Congress didn’t get the memo. After all, 97 percent of incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking re-election won even as national polls show overwhelming disapproval of Congress. Advocates for redistricting reform hope voters are ready to pay more attention to […]

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  • Fixing Gerrymandering Doesn’t Just Make Elections More Fair

    March 19, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Slate By Perry Grossman In early March, Anitere Flores, the second ranking Republican in the Florida state Senate, handed the NRA and its allies a stunning defeat. She said she would vote against a raft of bills proposed in committee that would have permitted carrying guns on college campuses, airports, school zones, and courthouses, among other places. […]

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