The State of Redistricting as Reforms Pass Key Test

March 04, 2019

After almost a decade of hard work, advocates of redistricting reform in Virginia had much to celebrate last Sunday when the General Assembly adjourned, closing its 2019 session. Finally, a credible reform package in the form of an amendment to the Virginia Constitution had passed both the House of Delegates and the state Senate, a crucial step to ending partisan redistricting in the commonwealth.

But it wasn’t easy getting to this point, and much work remains to rid the commonwealth of this scourge on democracy before the 2020 U.S. Census and the redrawing of state and federal legislative districts that will follow in 2021.

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