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Virginia Civic Engagement Table
In a recent op-ed for The Hill, Fred McBride of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, provided commentary that redistricting is an increasingly transparent process given many of the tools available for the public to use to be advocate for equitable maps and districts. ” Citizenship takes work. This is our charge.” Read more...
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Alabama recently became the second state to sue the Census Bureau in an attempt to secure the needed redistricting data earlier than the currently forecast September 30th date. In an attempt to do so, Alabama might be setting up the precedent in which the Census Bureau is forced to release data without differential privacy. “Without...
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Ohio recently became the first state to sue the Census Bureau this year, in an attempt to secure the needed redistricting data earlier than the September 30th forecast. But this lawsuit has been opposed by both coalitions of Ohio cities and counties as well as the Biden administration. According to the AP, “Ohio should blame...
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One of the many reasons why there is so much attention being paid to redistricting efforts this year is because it is the first time in nearly 60 years that decennial census-based redistricting will not have the backing of the original Voting Rights Act. In 2013, the US Supreme Court removed a key piece of...
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You voted, now draw your election districts These moments are not only calling for the next election, but the next elections. How districts are drawn will impact election results for the next 10 years. We can impact elections beyond Election Day by advocating for fair election districts, supporting fair representation voting methods, urging consideration of...
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South emerges as flashpoint of brewing redistricting battle Virginia looms as a warning to the GOP — a once solidly Republican state that became a solidly Democratic one as the growing, educated population in the Washington, D.C., suburbs turned against the party. A federal court redrew the state’s maps in 2016 because it found the...
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Prince William County begins redistricting process State code requires localities to redraw magisterial districts every 10 years after the completion of the U.S. Census. Prince William has seven districts, with the board chair selected in a countywide election. The districts are mirrored on the county School Board. Nolan Stout | March 13, 2021
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Have you seen the redistricting visualizations provided by the Virginia Public Access Project? Check out the full array of data-based visualizations here.
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Don’t forget! Tonight at 6pm EST (and every Thursday at 6pm), we are hosting a quick briefing on all things redistricting. Whether you are new to the subject or a veteran on map-drawing, we will provide an overview of the redistricting process taking place in Virginia this year. Sign up here to join us!
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The work of redistricting continues to face new challenges in Virginia. Firstly, the delays in the delivery of census data have nearly confirmed that maps will not be drawn in time for November elections. Secondly, the potential passing of HR 1 by Congress could create significant reforms that would impact redistricting work across the country, including in Virginia. In...
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