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Program on Redistricting January 26: video

A "Meet the Press" style program featured moderator Dwayne Yancey asking the panelists questions about statewide initiatives to establish nonpartisan redistricting. Nonpartisan redistricting aims to foster more competitive elections and to counter gerrymandering.

See a video of the discussion.

Program on Redistricting: Video

Moderator

[Error: Bad image reference yancy.jpg]Dwayne Yancey was named editorial page editor of The Roanoke Times in 2014 after 30+ years of reporting and editing positions with the paper. He wrote a book on the campaign and election of former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder.

Speakers

[Error: Bad image reference shuler.jpg] Del. Jim Shuler represented District 12 in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1994 to 2012. He continues to be active in promoting nonpartisan redistricting legislation. He is the Southwestern Virginia regional chair for OneVirginia 2021, an organization that advocates for a redistricting process that is fair, transparent and accountable to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

William FralinDel. William H. Fralin, Jr. represented District 17 in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2004 to 2010. District 17 includes parts of Botetourt and Roanoke Counties and the city of Roanoke. In the House of Delegates, he served on the Privileges and Elections Committee.

[Error: Bad image reference kelly.jpg] Professor Jason P. Kelly (Political Science, Virginia Tech) studies how the rules that govern legislative redistricting shape the strategies employed by partisans seeking to create an electoral advantage. He also studies how redistricting procedures affect gerrymandering to benefit one party over the other or incumbents over their would-be challengers.

Background Information

Read some background information in the January LWV bulletin.

Also see information on gerrymandering.

One Virginia 2021, an organization promoting nonpartisan redistricting, includes a lot of information at its website.