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February 3, 2017 · OPINION

Support effort to end gerrymandering in Virginia

By Linda Pranke
Warrenton

Although the proposed Virginia constitutional amendments on redistricting were killed in the House of Delegates, an amendment that would achieve much the same purpose is still apparently alive in the state Senate.

Senate Bill SJ 290, co-sponsored by Senators Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Upperville) and Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) would prohibit “electoral districts being drawn for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring any political party, incumbent legislator or member of Congress, or other individual or entity.” The bill has been reported out of the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee by a 12-2 vote and will go to the floor of the Senate for a full vote.

It is a step in the right direction, even though it does not establish a nonpartisan commission to carry out redistricting. I urge you to let Sen. Vogel know of your support for the bill and call on other Virginia senators to support its passage.

It is time to end gerrymandering in Virginia!
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