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Virginia Civic Engagement Table
Don’t forget — this coming Monday, April 12th, is the Redistricting Commission’s next meeting. Join the Virginia Counts Coalition in the Accountability Viewing to join a team of redistricting experts, ASL interpreters and language translators to help answer any questions you might have. Sign up here!
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One of the clearly designated criteria in the Virginia Constitution is that the Redistricting Commission *must* use the census in creating and confirming maps. But, other states are trying to use other datasets, understanding that the census data won’t be available still till August and September. Read more here. 
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“This truncated timeline could lend itself to more partisan gerrymandering, more racial gerrymandering than we’ve seen in the past.” Check out this NPR interview about how the delays in the census data could inadvertently encourage courts to permit a longer redistricting timeline, allowing for greater lobbying efforts and more gerrymandering. Read more here. 
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The Redistricting Commission has discussed several potential timelines for map creation, but has yet to clearly indicate whether current map lines will or will not be used in November. Given the expected receipt of census data in August and the then imminent November elections, commissioners will face a very short timeline to submit all maps...
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Following the successful Accountability Viewing that the Virginia Counts Coalition hosted on Tuesday March 30th, the coalition has now scheduled out the next three viewings as well. These events allow and encourage audience participation so that everyone may access the commission’s work in a space that feels safe and inviting. Additionally these viewings provide language...
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 Updates Redistricting This week, the Virginia Counts Coalition successfully hosted its Accountability Viewing in tandem with the Redistricting Commission’s hearing on March 30th. This meeting was attended by nearly 60 guests, including many of our partners as well as representatives from three press outlets. In addition to this successful event in which we provided comments...
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VCET staff recently chatted with WDBJ News to discuss the concerns over the work of the Redistricting Commission and how the Virginia Counts Coalition’s work aims to hold the commission accountable. Check out the interview here.
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Earlier this week, the Virginia Counts Coalition released an op-ed in response to the poorly-advertised commission hearing. The article lists several clearly outlined expectations for the commission to acknowledge and follow. This op-ed has since been picked up by several press outlets. Read the op-ed here.
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Earlier today, the Redistricting Commission held its first meeting in nearly two months. During the meeting, we learned several important pieces of information: ~The commission plans to use the data that will be received in mid-August, setting in motion the 45 and 60 day windows to draw lines for state legislature and federal maps. ~The...
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The Redistricting Commission will host its next meeting tomorrow, Tuesday March 30th, at 10am. Check out the commission’s agenda here and sign up for our Accountability Viewing here
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