Virginia Organizing’s Legislative Coordinator, Ben Greenberg, testified before the Governor’s Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government on Thursday to encourage adoption of a nonpartisan redistricting process in Virginia.
“The problem created by Virginia’s current redistricting process are well-known,” said Greenberg. “Districts are drawn in such a way that competition is dramatically reduced. There are few campaigns that provide an opportunity for a real choice for the electorate. An increasing number of races don’t even have candidates of both major parties.”
Virginia Organizing believes in a non-partisan redistricting process to increase voter participation, competition in elections, and representatives that closely represent the communities they serve. A majority of speakers at the meeting urged the Commission to act on redistricting.
“Virginia Organizing agrees with those who say that Virginia’s citizens should be choosing their elected officials, not the other way around,” said Greenberg.
As a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization, Virginia Organizing empowers people to raise their voices to affect change in their local communities.