Redistricting reformers lobby for a permanent fix

January 28, 2017

The News & Advance
By Alex Rohr

Arelia Langhorne believes her vote used to mean something. In the decade prior to statewide redistricting in 2011, one delegate represented all of Lynchburg in a district that included part of Amherst County. After the decennial census in 2010, the General Assembly redrew the lines in a way Langhorne says gerrymandered her civic voice into irrelevance. Ward II, a majority black district, and two Ward III precincts were joined with rural and reliably Republican House of Delegates District 22 along with a piece of Campbell County, much of Bedford County and part of Franklin County.