The Virginia Redistricting Commission Amendment, passed by the last two legislatures in January 2020 and January 2019, is Virginia’s best chance at eliminating the anti-democratic policy of gerrymandering.
The amendment would transfer the power to draw congressional and state legislative districts to a 16-member redistricting commission. The General Assembly would still vote on the maps, but without the power to alter them. If a map is rejected, the commission would design a new one, and if it’s rejected again, the Virginia Supreme Court would decide instead.
For the amendment to become part of the Virginia constitution, Virginia voters must approve it on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The Anti-gerrymandering group has been working toward that outcome since 50 Ways formed at the end of 2016, and all of that hard work is on the verge of achieving victory.