By: Kym Grinnage email
The other day I had a conversation with someone about a subject that was not really on my mind and that was the 2020 census and 2021. Although the next census count will not be until 2020, it is 2021 that will have a profound effect on the legislative districts in Virginia for another 10 years. And those changes will affect each and every one of you.
Every 10 years following each census, the State Legislature sits down to redraw the lines based on population shifts to make sure that we have fair representation based on the current population. The operative word is fair. The party in power gets to draw the lines, but this is only part of the issue. The current district lines to some extent guarantees safe political seats in the federal and state legislatures and therefore we can have gridlock, uncontested races and unfair representation. Is this what you really want? I think that the answer is NO!
There are good historical reasons why some of the districts are drawn the way they are is, but it will certainly be important for us as citizens to pay attention and be involved in the process to make sure we have a fair and equitable outcome for the future.