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Group Aims to Reform Political Redistricting Process

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RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) -

Business and political leaders across the commonwealth have had enough. They say it's time to take the politics out of political redistricting, and they have a plan to do it.

This is something lawmakers have been talking about for years: taking politics out of the process to keep parties from gerrymandering district lines in their favor. Now, a group of leaders from across Virginia is taking the conversation to a new level.

Led by Charlottesville attorney Leigh Middleditch, the group is calling itself One Virginia 2021. Their goal is to educate the public and persuade lawmakers to change Virginia’s redistricting system - putting power in the hands of a nonpartisan redistricting commission.

“Legislators who are in safe seats don't want competition, and we appreciate that. But we also appreciate that we have several years to put this together, and perhaps their attitudes will change,” said Middleditch said.

One Virginia 2021 says its first priority will be educating the public about why it believes Virginia’s redistricting system needs reform. They're hoping that grassroots effort will allow them over the next six years to persuade lawmakers, and establish a process for nonpartisan redistricting in the state constitution.

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