Redistricting Commission Amendment Is a Landmark, but Work Remains to Put It in the Virginia Constitution
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Many people inveigh against partisan gerrymandering. Now, we in Virginia are about to do something about it.
At its most recent legislative session, the General Assembly passed a constitutional amendment that would effectively end that nefarious practice by giving citizens a direct say regarding the drawing of legislative and congressional districts in Virginia. Moreover, the amendment requires that our political maps be drawn in a process that is open to public view and public participation. For the first time, Virginia’s political districts would be drawn by a redistricting commission, rather than by the legislators whose districts are at stake.
A. E. Dick Howard, Redistricting Commission Amendment Is a Landmark, but Work Remains to Put It in the Virginia Constitution, Richmond Times-Dispatch (March 18, 2019).