Virginia Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment (2016)

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A Virginia Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment will not be on the November 8, 2016 ballot in Virginia as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would have established a nonpartisan independent redistricting commission to draw state legislative and congressional districts. The amendment would have first affected redistricting following the 2020 U.S. Census.[1]

Support

One Virginia 2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting supported the measure. The organization was founded by Leigh B. Middleditch, Jr.[1] They initiated a twofold campaign: (1) to convince the public that redistricting reform is needed in Virginia and (2) to lobby the state legislature to pass a constitutional amendment.[2]

Supporters

Arguments

  • Former Rep. Shannon Valentine (D-23) said, "When districts are drawn for political purposes, the result is often gridlock with very little accountability and a notably few number of elections whose outcome is even in doubt. Voters begin to feel as though they are left out of the process."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Virginia Constitution

A majority vote was required in two successive sessions of the Virginia General Assembly for the amendment to be placed on the ballot.

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