To my fellow Loudoun residents, we cannot fathom the implications of our elections when the playing field has not been level for more than 200 years. I am, of course, referring to gerrymandering, where politicians manipulate districts to favor their respective parties.
On Nov, 3, a redistricting amendment will be on the Virginia ballot, written by Democratic senators George Barker and Dick Saslaw and co-patroned by Republican senators John Cosgrove and Emmett Hanger, to end racial and partisan gerrymandering. The amendment would put redistricting in the hands of an independent, citizen-led commission composed of four Democrats, four Republicans, eight citizens and a citizen chair. The support on this redistricting amendment has surpassed the realm of partisanship, receiving significant support from both sides of the political aisle.
A special thanks to local Sen. John Bell (D), House Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D), former House Del. Randy Minchew (R) and nonpartisan organizations such as One Virginia 2021 for supporting this redistricting amendment that is paramount in the progress of an ever-changing state and nation.
I am hopeful for our future. We have an opportunity in Loudoun to vote on a bipartisan redistricting amendment securing voting rights through eliminating racial and partisan gerrymandering. On Nov. 3, we must be sure to vote yes on the redistricting amendment to meet the needs of all Loudoun residents.
In sum, gerrymandering’s reformation is about fairness, not politics; let us, the people, decide the outcome of elections, not our politicians who currently wield the power to redistrict.