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The Redistricting Commission has updated the information for its March 30th hearing. You can view the meeting agenda, sign up to provide comments, and view the commission’s materials here.
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In anticipation of the Redistricting Commission’s March 30th hearing, the Virginia Counts Coalition will be hosting an accountability viewing to watch and present questions to the commission. We invite you to join us at 9:45am March 30th. Guests should sign up here.
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Over the weekend, the Redistricting Commision posted an update to its website listing a new hearing slated for March 30th at 10am. We will be providing updates to it as we get them. See all hearings listed here.
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According to the Associated Press, states may be able to receive the needed redistricting data in August – a month earlier than recently forecast. This announcement comes after multiple reported delays in the delivery of census-based redistricting data. However, the August release could create additional headaches as this data would need to be released in...
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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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