Early voting has started in Virginia. Many UUCF members have expressed concerns around Amendment 1 on this year’s ballot, which relates to the process for redrawing voting districts. At UUCF, with our work on UU the Vote and countering voter suppression, we must consider voting equity in our state. Amendment 1 does have support from both Democrats and Republicans, but it does not explicitly oppose gerrymandering, and both the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and the House Black Caucus oppose Amendment 1 (and there is currently a bill which does explicitly oppose gerrymandering). Voting districts are a complicated topic and sometimes it’s hard to follow ballot amendments. With research we can better make empowered choices at the ballot box.
On a related note, the NOVA Equity Agenda Coalition, which partners with UUCF’s Racial Justice Steering Committee, will host a presentation about gerrymandering and Amendment 1 with Del. Marcus Simon of Virginia’s 53rd District and Phillip Thompson of OneVirginia2021 on Tue., Sep. 29, at 7 p.m. They represent opposing sides of the issue. Del. Simon will also give an update on police reform efforts during the Virginia General Assembly’s special session. Access the event via Facebook or Zoom.