Virginians will vote on 2 proposed constitutional amendments

Voters in Short Pump precinct cast their ballots. The area saw a surge in Democratic voters...
Voters in Short Pump precinct cast their ballots. The area saw a surge in Democratic voters after Trump's 2016 election. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)
Updated: Nov. 2, 2020 at 10:58 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - As Virginians head to the polls, they will vote on two proposed constitutional amendments.

The first proposed measure on the ballot is the “Redistricting Commission Amendment,” which if passed, would create a commission to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Currently, the Virginia General Assembly holds the power for drawing congressional and state legislative district boundaries, and when redistricting plans are passed, the governor has veto power.

If the proposed measure passes, it will give a commission, made up of eight legislators and eight citizens, the power to draw the boundaries. The commission would include two Senate Democrats, two Senate Republicans, two House Democrats and two House Republicans, while the citizens would be recommended by legislative leaders and selected by retired circuit court judges.

The commission would draw the boundaries and send it to the General Assembly to vote on. The General Assembly would not be able to amend the maps. If the General Assembly were to reject the map, the commission would redraw it. Then, if legislators were to reject it a second time, the Virginia Supreme Court would then draw the districts.

For more information on the redistricting question, click here.

The second proposed amendment is the “Motor Vehicle Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans Amendment,” which would exempt totally-disabled veterans from property taxes on one vehicle.

Right now, local governments can adopt taxes that are levied on a vehicle’s value, which is known as tangible personal property tax.

If the proposed amendment is adopted, it would give veterans who have “a 100% service-connected, permanent, and total disability” tax exemption for one vehicle. A veteran’s disability rating is determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

For more information on the exemption question, click here.

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