Democracy depends on voters having a voice in the electoral process. Gerrymandering suppresses that voice. Together, let's End Gerrymandering!
Happy un-Birthday to Elbridge Gerry!
It was 274 years old the infamous Gerrymanderer was born. Elbridge Gerry a Massachusetts native and politician is the father for drawing lines for political advantage. Join us in an un-Birthday Bash that celebrates our work to end gerrymandering. There will be gerrymander-theme birthday games, light food and and a cake the reflects to crazy lines in Virginia. To attend this fun and unique party, RSVP and follow the link to pay the $20 admission. All profit will be donated to League of Women Voters of Virginia and OneVirginia 2021.
Public education campaign is how we bring fair maps to Virginia! Our partner at OneVirginia2021.org has local grassroots chapters throughout the state. And we're in luck because we're next door to the Fairfax Local Action Group (FLAG), and this team of passionate volunteers has aspirational goals to have a presence at nearly every community event in the Fairfax area! Join their volunteer corps and help get the word out about why voters must be the priority when it comes to drawing district maps.
When we have compact, continuous districts that represent communities of interest and abide by the Voting Rights Act, voters will have an electoral process that meets their expectations and truly allows them to express their voices through their votes.
Today, in Virginia, representatives are picking their voters. They are literally drawing the electoral maps and choosing who their voters are. But shouldn't voters pick their representatives? OneVirginia2021 and League of Women Voters believe so!
Our partner in action, OneVirginia2021, has a great list of way to learn about gerrymandering and redistricting reform as well as ways to get involved:
Need to SEE why we're taking action? Check out the maps!
Learn more about One Virginia 2021!
Here's the position on Redistricting Reform: The League of Women Voters believes responsibility for redistricting preferably should be vested in an independent special commission, with membership that reflects the diversity of the unit of government, including citizens at large, representatives of public interest groups, and members of minority groups.
Every redistricting process should include:
Specific timelines for the steps leading to a redistricting plan
Full disclosure throughout the process and public hearings on the plan proposed for adoption
The courts should promptly review and rule on any challenge to a redistricting plan and require adjustments if the standards have not been met.
The standards on which a redistricting plan is based, and on which any plan should be judged, must:
Be enforceable in court
League of Women Voters members and advocates work tirelessly to bring electoral reform! Check out our work at the national level!
To get a deeper understanding about what we believe in and advocate for, check out our Impact on Issues booklet; it contains years and hundreds of thousands of volunteers hours researching and debating issues all across America. The end result: thoughtful, strong and balanced positions and principles that represent the people's will.