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Virginia Mercury: Proposed redistricting amendment leaves some out


September 25, 2020 This election, the redistricting reform amendment will be on the ballot for Virginians, and that vote is just as critical as choosing our next president. Although this is considered the most significant piece of redistricting reform in Virginia’s history by its supporters, there are areas of grave concern where the amendment is vulnerable to political positioning and could disenfranchise Black and Brown voters in particular throughout the state.
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BLUE VIRGINIA: Linda Perriello: “After devoting eight years of my life to ending partisan gerrymandering, I will sadly vote NO on the Amendment this November”


August 24, 2020 "Many of you know of my active involvement in redistricting reform and have been asked about my position on Virginia’s Redistricting Amendment to be voted on in November. It makes sense to me to try addressing this important issue in one place, as painful of a topic as it has become for me..."

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VPM.org: Critics of Virginia Redistricting Amendment Form New PAC


August 26, 2020 Foes of a proposed Constitutional amendment on redistricting in Virginia have formed a new fundraising arm to fight the measure.

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Washington Post: Don’t expect Virginia’s redistricting commission to change the political culture


September 9, 2020 On Nov. 3, voters will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment that its backers insist will end the centuries-old scourge of partisan gerrymandering.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch: Mark Levine and Lamont Bagby column: Vote no: Amendment would enshrine gerrymandering


September 12, 2020 Do you know what’s on your ballot this fall? After voting for president and members of Congress, you will see two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution. For Amendment 1, you will be asked a complicated question that masks an even more convoluted proposal.

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Opinion: Commentary: Vote No on Constitutional Amendment - When talking about the Constitution: when in doubt, leave it out!


September 25, 2020

By Del. Paul Krizek
I have been fighting for nonpartisan redistricting reform for years, and many of my colleagues had redistricting reform as a centerpiece of their election campaigns. For many of our constituents, ensuring independent and nonpartisan redistricting was a key issue of the last election. As absentee voting has begun in Virginia, and record numbers of voters are beginning to fill out their ballots, whether at home or in-person, it is a critical time to explain why Virginians who are passionate about true nonpartisan redistricting should vote no on Constitutional Amendment #1.
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Opinion: Commentary: Vote No on Question 1 in Virginia - The proposed process makes meaningful citizen input virtually impossible.


September 29, 2020
By Del. Vivian Watts The rhetoric around Question 1 on the Virginia ballot is miles away from the actual redistricting process that would be frozen into constitutional language. Every pro statement I've read promises "the people not politicians will decide who represents them." In stark contrast, the proposed process makes meaningful citizen input virtually impossible.
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WVVA: Virginia NAACP opposes proposed Constitutional Amendment #1


October 1, 2020
RICHMOND, Va. (WVVA) - The Virginia State Conference (VSC) of the NAACP announced their opposition to Amendment 1, a proposed constitutional amendment on Virginians’ ballots to change the way the commonwealth draws political district lines.
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The Virginian-Pilot: Opinion: Vote no on Virginia’s Amendment 1


October 3, 2020

By MARCIA "CIA" PRICE
This election, Virginia voters will choose who has the power to draw political district boundaries in the commonwealth. Redistricting only happens every 10 years, so it is important that we get it right.
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Opinion: Commentary: Vote No on Question 1 in Virginia The proposed process makes meaningful citizen input virtually impossible.


September 29, 2020

By Del. Vivian Watts

The rhetoric around Question 1 on the Virginia ballot is miles away from the actual redistricting process that would be frozen into constitutional language. Every pro statement I've read promises "the people not politicians will decide who represents them." In stark contrast, the proposed process makes meaningful citizen input virtually impossible.
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INSIDE NOVA: NO: True reform is worth the wait


October 8, 2020

By MARCUS SIMON
Virginians deserve free and fair elections. We deserve an opportunity to make our voices heard.
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The Roanoke Times: Edwards and Hurst: Vote no on Amendment One


October 11, 2020

By John Edwards and Chris Hurst
Edwards is a Democratic state senator from Roanoke. Hurst is a Democratic member of the House of Delegates from Blacksburg.
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