The redistricting of legislative lines, whether for the houses of the General Assembly or Virginia's congressional delegation, is currently riddled with partisan politics. It appears, however, that different political parties will control the two houses of the legislature during the next redistricting process for the first time in our Commonwealth's history. Whether this is to be the case for the redistricting of 2011 will be decided by future events, but currently Democrats control the State Senate and Republicans have a majority of the House of the Delegates. The next Governor will also play a significant role in redistricting. With no one party in control, now more than ever, both parties can benefit from a move to a bipartisan or nonpartisan redistricting process. More importantly, though, the process must change for the sake of our democracy and the people.
Senator R. Creigh Deeds,
Rich. J. L. & Pub. Int.
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