Redistricting

Redistricting Initiatives

What is gerrymandering? Can nonpartisan redistricting end political gridlock? Find the answers on our Gerrymandering page.

One Virginia 2021 is pursuing a nonpartisan redistricting process for Virginia.

See the documentary GerryRigged.

See the text of the redistricting lawsuit filed in Richmond 2015 with some LWV members as plaintiffs.

One Virginia 2021--Virginians for Fair Redistricting

The goal of One Virginia 2021 is districts drawn to support communities of interest rather than the interests of the incumbent politicians--of any party. One Virginia 2021 advocates for the adoption of an amendment to the Virginia Constitution establishing a redistricting process that is fair, transparent, and accountable to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

In three phases beginning in 2014 and completed in 2021, a constitutional amendment will be drafted and introduced to the General Assembly. Maps will be drafted by an independent commission following the 2020 census and then voted into law.

Principles of One Virginia 2021

Public Participation

We believe districts should be drawn with citizens' interest in mind, encouraging healthy debate and public participation in the process.

Independence 

Reform proposals need to remove conflicts of interest and have the primary task of redistricting done through an appointed commission or impartial body that is independent from the General Assembly.

Objective, Nonpartisan Districting Criteria

District boundaries need to be drawn around legal and demographic criteria that ignore political interests.

Transparency

The process must be open to public inquiry and input. Citizens deserve to know the decisions behind the creation of their districts and have the opportunity to make their opinions known in the process.

Resources on Redistricting