Redistricting reform to be focus of Tuesday forum

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Voters exit the JCC Recreation Center, which served as a polling place for the presidential primary March 1, 2016. (Kirsten Petersen/ WYDaily)
Voters exit the JCC Recreation Center, which served as a polling place for the presidential primary March 1, 2016. (Kirsten Petersen/ WYDaily)

Redistricting reform will be the topic of conversation during an upcoming forum organized by One Virginia 2021 and the League of Women Voters of the Williamsburg Area.

The forum, titled “Redistricting Reform – What’s Next in Virginia and How You Can Help,” will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 21 at the Williamsburg Regional Library theater.

Brian Cannon, executive director of One Virginia 2021, a coalition that advocates for fair, non-partisan redistricting, will lead the discussion and share information on Virginia redistricting cases currently moving through the court system.

The Historic Triangle was recently redistricted from the 1st Congressional District to the 2nd Congressional District after it was found the lines in the 3rd Congressional District had been gerrymandered, or drawn to benefit a particular group of people.

Linda Rice, president of the League of Women Voters of the Williamsburg Area, said residents should attend the forum so they can learn about the issue and how they can advocate for change.

“You should really be having people judging a candidate not based on how well we can fine tune a map to sway the electorate in a particular direction…but rather on their policies. Unfortunately that kind of gets drowned out,” Rice said.

“If people feel they don’t really have a voice in government, then they need to understand that one of the ways to remedy this is to have competitive elections,” she added.

The Williamsburg Regional Library is located at 515 Scotland Street in Williamsburg.