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Gerrymandering in Virginia: How We Can Fix It--March 2, 2017

How We Can Fix it

Virginia is ranked the 5th worst state for gerrymandering in the country. Bob Gibson, journalist and immediate past director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Action at UVA, and the Honorable Shannon Valentine, former member of the House of Delegates, spoke on how the redistricting process works in Virginia and what we need to do to fix it. Thursday, March 2, 2017. See a video of their presentations.

Program Description

Did you know that Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country? It is, in fact, ranked 5th worst based on lack of compactness and contiguity of its districts, both congressional and state. In Virginia, state legislators redraw district lines after every 10-year census. Under the current system, the party in power in the House and that in power in the Senate can draw the lines to serve their own interests, not those of our communities. Both political parties have been guilty of gerrymandering when they controlled these bodies.

Shannon Vanentine Bob Gibson, journalist and immediate past director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Action at UVA and the Honorable Shannon Valentine, former member of the House of Delegates, will speak on how the redistricting process works here in Virginia and what we need to do to fix it.

 
This is an important and timely issue because a fair voting process lies at the very heart of our democracy.