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The Governator Backs Virginia Redistricting Reform as Amendments Progress

Arnold Schwarzenegger
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The General Assembly is currently considering two constitutional amendments that would create redistricting commissions. The push to end gerrymandering got a celebrity boost today from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Schwarzenegger fought the Predator, the T-1000, and California lawmakers who didn’t want to give up control of drawing their legislative maps.

“The legislators actually drew the district lines so that they were actually picking the voters, rather than the voters picking them.”

House Republicans in Virginia have proposed a redistricting commission made up of both parties. Their plan gives lawmakers and the governor the power to choose members the commission.

Redistricting advocates prefer a Senate plan that got bipartisan support. They say it gives the commission more independence.

Lawmakers will likely meet in private next week to hash out a compromise that will then go for a floor vote.

If an amendment passes, lawmakers will vote again on it next year before the issue appears on voters’ ballots in 2020.

Ben Paviour covers courts and criminal justice for VPM News with a focus on accountability.
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