A Virginia Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment
may appear on the November 8, 2016 ballot
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The measure, upon voter approval, would establish a nonpartisan independent redistricting commission to draw state legislative and congressional districts. The amendment would first affect redistricting following the 2020 U.S. Census.
One Virginia 2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting is sponsoring the measure. The organization was founded by Leigh B. Middleditch, Jr. 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.
- 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."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Virginia Constitution
A majority vote is required in two successive sessions of the Virginia General Assembly for an amendment to be placed on the ballot.