Virginia Could Pass Law Ending Partisan Redistricting

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, gestures as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address as House speaker, Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Farifax, right, and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, left, listen before a joint session of the Virginia Assembly at the Virginia state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, gestures as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address as House speaker, Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Farifax, right, and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, left, listen before a joint session of the Virginia Assembly at the Virginia state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Last year, the Virginia state legislature took a step towards ending partisan gerrymandering by passing step one of a nonpartisan redistricting commission bill. To create the commission and end partisan redistricting, the legislature needs to pass step two of the bill this year, and then voters can take the final step by voting on a ballot referendum in November. AURN talks with D.C. area political and government consultant Philip Thompson about what redistricting reform means for Black representation in the state.

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