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Vote NO on proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 about Redistricting. Why?
The LCDC and the Democratic Party of Virginia recommend that you vote NO on the proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 on Redistricting for the following reasons:
- We have long supported an amendment to our state Constitution that would get rid of gerrymandering and take the control for redistricting out of the hands of political parties. This proposed constitutional amendment does not accomplish either of these goals. We can do better, and we will, by voting NO on this amendment and then focusing on passing an amendment that will truly do away with party control of redistricting.
- If the proposed amendment is defeated, the enabling legislation that was passed will be in effect for the 2021 Redistricting. It includes requirements for equal population, racial & ethnic fairness, preservation of community interest be it social, cultural, or economic, compactness and congruity, and prohibits maps favoring any political party.
Here is some background information:
- The proposed amendment creates a bipartisan commission with legislators and citizens chosen from lists created by party leadership. Every member of the proposed commission will therefore have an interest in drawing districts to benefit the incumbents. We want voters to pick their legislators rather than having the legislators pick their voters.
- Political influence can be seen in other provisions of this proposed amendment. There is no language barring political gerrymandering. Either party can reject maps drawn by the commission, sending the effort to the Virginia Supreme Court.
- Virginia’s legislature appoints our Supreme Court justices. Proponents of the proposed amendment point out that courts are not known for gerrymandering. However, in light of recent decisions by conservative courts across the country related to voting rights, this is not reassuring. If this proposed amendment is passed, we could potentially be setting up the Republican Party to have the Virginia Supreme Court draw maps that are favorable to it. Then when the conservative justices come up for reappointment, the General Assembly will be held by the Party disposed to reappoint them, and thus perpetuate this system indefinitely.
- Republican PAC money is currently pouring into Virginia to promote the proposed amendment. Clearly, Republicans see this amendment as furthering their interests. They have never supported independent commissions nor do they see this proposed amendment as a step in the direction away from gerrymandering.
In conclusion, the proposed redistricting amendment fails to establish an independent redistricting commission and fails to end partisan gerrymandering.