August 30 – Special Session of the General Assembly:
Governor Northam has ordered a special session on August 30. The purpose for this session is to redraw certain districts created by the Republicans in 2011 to protect red districts by creating minority majority districts. The court declared those districts unconstitutional and ordered redrawn districts by October 30, 2018 to be in effect in the 2019 elections.
The Election Results in 2019 are critical for Democrats:
All Virginia House of Delegates and Senate seats will be up for election in 2019. The Virginia legislators elected in 2019 will be the legislators who control Census redistricting in 2021. If the Republicans remain in the majority in the General Assembly, they will continue in their efforts to redraw districts that will dilute and restrict the votes of Democrats, progressives, independents, minorities, women, anyone they view as the enemies of their ultra-conservative agenda.
Learn More about Redistricting:
Visit www.onevirginia2021.org which has been advocating for bipartisan redistricting in Virginia. It has a free Advocacy training on September 15, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. It is a free training, but One Virginia 2021 is a nonprofit and would appreciate a donation, whether you plan to attend the training or not. You can register for the training HERE.