Sunday, April 14, 2024

Norfolk public forum to address legislative redistricting on Sunday

NORFOLK – A public forum will be held on Sunday to address constituent concerns on political redistricting.

Starting at 3 p.m., the forum will be moderated by Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk.

Speakers include Brian Cannon, the executive director of the anti-gerrymandering organization OneVirginia2021, Sen. Jill Vogel, R, and Rebecca Green, co-director of Election Law Program.

Speakers will discuss the redistricting process and future state legislation that governs district boundaries for all congress, senate and house of delegates elections. These districts are redrawn every 10 years when census data is released.

According to OneVirginia2021, Virginia is ranked as “one of the most gerrymandered states in the country both on the congressional and state levels based on lack of compactness and contiguity of its districts.”

The organization also said that Virginia is ranked the 5th worst in the country for redistricting because counties and cities are commonly split in half or multiple pieces to create “heavily partisan districts.”

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed an independent redistricting commission in 2011, which is responsible for the current voting districts across the state. According to the release, those districts resulted in a “100 percent re-election for incumber state legislators in November 2015.”

More information about the forum can be found online.

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