NDRC Statement on Virginia Redistricting Commission’s Gridlock on State Legislature Maps

October 11, 2021

Washington, D.C. — Today, Kelly Burton, President of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, released the following statement in response to the Virginia Redistricting Commission’s announcement that the Commission cannot come to an agreement on state House of Delegates and state Senate maps, which effectively punts the state legislative map making process to the Virginia Supreme Court: 

“Bipartisan commissions can only work if all commissioners are willing to make the tough decisions that lead to creating a fair map. This process is not easy, and the end result requires compromise. The Virginia Redistricting Commission had an opportunity to fulfill their civic duty and make the tough, necessary decisions to create maps that accurately represent the voices of all Virginians, and unfortunately they failed. Punting the tough decisions to the State Supreme Court should have been a last resort rather than an easy escape. Virginians deserve better, and as the Commission moves forward to develop the congressional map, we urge them to come together on a fair map that accurately reflects Virginia.”