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Curious about the criteria that the Redistricting Commission will need to use for its maps? Check out the Guide to Local Redistricting, provided by the Department of Legislative Services! You can review and download the guide for free here.
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  Happy Women’s History Month! Updates Redistricting  Curious about redistricting news? Check out the new VCET website page for all redistricting updates! Head over to MapVA.us to see the new page. There you will find daily updates, related articles, and court cases, as well as weekly tutorials on drawing maps and other events. Questions? Let...
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 Ballot Bulletin: U.S. Census Bureau postpones release of redistricting data Even before the Census Bureau’s Feb. 12 announcement, officials in California and New Jersey, anticipating delays, took steps to postpone their redistricting processes. Since Feb. 12, officials in several other states have made statements about the consequences of the postponement. March 3, 2021
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With fewer state governments divided by party than in years past, GOP has edge in redistricting Whenever it happens, redistricting is an intensely, and innately, political process. And when the 35 state legislatures that vote on congressional redistricting get the data they need by Sept. 30 to draw new maps, Republicans will drive that process in 20...
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 Sweeping voting rights package passes U.S. House The House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform, late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220 to 210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill. Ariana Figueroa | March 4, 2021
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 Voter frustration A dedicated few have long tried to slay the gerrymander beast that allows politicians to pick their voters. For nearly 20 years, state Senator Creigh Deeds proposed redistricting reform bills that typically died in subcommittee. In 2013, attorney Leigh Middleditch founded advocacy nonprofit OneVirginia2021 to reform redistricting, an initiative that was seen as a...
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Curious to know how districts might change through redistricting? The Virginia Public Access Project recently compiled data to create a map here that indicates which districts are technically overpopulated and which are underpopulated. Maintaining evenly sized districts will be one of several criteria the Redistricting Commission will consider when drawing maps.
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Did you know you can follow the work of the Redistricting Commission on Twitter? Check out @CommissionVa to see the tweeted updates from the commission. Be sure to turn on notifications to be alerted every time a new Tweet is sent!
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The Redistricting Commission recently responded with an update that Virginia will not receive redistricting data files (needed for map-drawing) until late September.  This is in line with the information released from the Census Bureau in February.  The commission released a statement in response to this here. If you want to connect directly with the commission about this or other...
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