WHY VOTE NO

PROTECT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

 

In recent years, Virginia politicians have purposefully packed Black and Brown voters into districts to dilute their political power. In map drawing, the “what” is just as important as the “who.” In addition to changing the rules about who draws the lines, strong and clear rules must be in place for how the lines are drawn to ensure that everyone in our communities has a voice in choosing our representatives.

CREATE A TRANSPARENT PROCESS THAT ALLOWS CITIZENS TO HOLD THE LEGISLATURE ACCOUNTABLE

 

Without the opportunity to define for map drawers what our communities look like and how we define them, new maps will not reflect true public input. A well-crafted bipartisan independent commission was killed by the General Assembly, but it can be passed in 2021, so long as this Amendment is defeated. Good-government experts -- even those that support this Amendment -- consider it “flawed” and prefer a true independent, non-partisan commission draw the maps.

PREVENT PARTISAN STALEMATES

 

When a single political party (or single individual responsible for a political party’s commission appointments) can stalemate the map-drawing process, politicians retain an unacceptable influence on choosing their voters. The pending constitutional amendment allows for commission members affiliated with a single political party to unilaterally veto maps.

SNAPSHOT

  • Legislators pick all the members (both “legislators” and citizens”)  that comprise the Commission. Legislators will then get to pick their voters. There is nothing non-partisan or independent about Amendment 1 and instead creates yet another rigged system that benefits legislators already in power and systematically leaves voices out of the process.
     

  • Amendment 1 does not do enough for Black and Brown voters or make sure that there is diversity and inclusion at the decision-making table. This is the current system that has instead institutionalized bias in the voting process.
     

  • Communities of color, in particular, have faced numerous obstacles to meaningful participation in the political process, including the redistricting process.  Redistricting must ensure these communities’ effective involvement and equal opportunity in the political process and the ability to elect candidates of choice.
     

  • The NRA and VCDL see passing Amendment 1 as a path to victory to elect more Republicans to enact their agendas.

 

  • Republicans are trying to dress up this flawed amendment as bipartisanship in action; however, all they are doing is trying to rebuild their power and dilute the voting power of communities of color to do it.
     

  • Amending the constitution is a big deal and should not be taken lightly. We do not have to accept a flawed amendment as the only option. If we alter the constitution, the foundation of the Commonwealth, we need to get it right.

NOT NON-PARTISAN, NOT INDEPENDENT

Legislators pick all the members (both “legislators” and citizens”)  that comprise the Commission. Legislators will then get to pick their voters. There is nothing non-partisan or independent about Amendment 1 and instead creates yet another rigged system that benefits legislators already in power and systematically leaves voices out of the process.

Paid for and Authorized by Fair Districts. Not Authorized by Any Candidate or Candidate Committee.