A ballot measure will appear on the November 2020 ballot in Virginia with the goal of ending partisan gerrymandering with a citizen-led bipartisan redistricting commission. The proposed policy would:
In Virginia, constitutional amendments must be approved by the General Assembly in consecutive sessions with an intervening legislative election before being placed on the ballot to be approved by voters. In 2019, the redistricting amendment passed both chambers with near unanimous support. In 2020, the amendment again passed the Senate with near unanimous approval, and passed in the House of Delegates 54-46.
Now, Virginia voters will have an opportunity to approve the measure on the November 2020 ballot.
The effort for a citizen-led bipartisan redistricting commission is led by OneVirginia2021. A commonwealth-based nonprofit, the organization has advocated for ending gerrymandering for nearly a decade. OneVirginia2021 is led by a Foundation Board and Executive Director Liz White and is guided by an advisory board and leadership council made up of former elected officials, business leaders, and civic entrepreneurs.
Fair Maps VA, is a referendum committee formed as of July 1, 2020 to support the passage of Amendment Question 1, the Virginia Redistricting Commission Amendment. Fair Maps VA led by a Board of Directors and co-chaired by Democrat Bobby Vassar and Republican Wyatt Durrette. Brian Cannon is the executive director.