The borders of certain voting districts in Virginia could be changed more than state lawmakers may have expected. A group known as OneVirginia2021 is spearheading the charge for redistricting, convinced that 11 of the 100 districts in the House of Delegates are unconstitutionally drawn in favor of one political party. This process, known as gerrymandering, ignores the size and shape requirements of the districts, and the group says both major parties are to blame. Brian Cannon, executive director of OneVirginia2021, said the current lines are a way for politicians to create an advantage rather than playing fair.
“They’re really able to have politicians pick their voters instead of having voters actually pick their politicians,” Cannon said. “We’re trying to take the redistricting process out of the hands of politicians, have rules that respect communities, and make political gerrymandering illegal.”
He said the group is backing Senate Bill 106, which establishes the criteria for the next redistricting process after the 2020 census. The bill would require that equal population, racial and ethnic fairness and compactness all be taken into account when districts are drawn.