Title: “Va. Democrats face a growing menu of redistricting reform options. Only one binds them for 2021”
Author: Graham Moomaw
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: Jan. 15, 2020;
Virginia’s new Democratic majorities will have at least three different redistricting reform proposals to choose from in the 2020 session. But only one would take away the General Assembly’s constitutional power to redraw the state’s political maps next year.
For years, Democrats have called for the creation of an independent redistricting commission that would reduce or eliminate politicians’ ability to draw safe districts for themselves or their party. After taking power just before the 2021 redistricting process, they’re under a time crunch to figure out how to do it.