Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. Gerrymandering undermines our democracy by letting politicians draw voting districts that destroy communities’ voting power and make elections less competitive.
Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country, but we can change that. I support OneVirginia2021’s plan for establishing an independent redistricting commission with clear rules that forbid drawing district lines to advantage a particular party or politician. These maps must be drawn not only to meet constitutional requirements of “fair” and “compact,” but also to protect our communities and their ability to choose a representative who best reflects their values.
It’s time we take back our government from establishment politicians who value their own power over the interests of the people they’re supposed to represent. Together, we can ensure that every voter’s voice is heard in our democracy.