RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia General Assembly has passed a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution which will create a partisan commission of legislative elites and their chosen citizens to draw new district lines in Virginia. This amendment is being falsely sold as a solution to gerrymandering. In reality, it will reinforce partisan politics in Virginia by giving these legislators the power to decide Virginia’s congressional and legislative districts every 10 years.
We call on the voters of Virginia to reject this proposal when it appears on the ballot this November. Instead, we must demand a truly nonpartisan commission that is independent of the legislature and better protects minority voters. Voters must pick their legislators, not the other way around.