Public input sought on redistricting plan

- Posted on Mar 09, 2011 - 03:51 PM

The Independent Bipartisan Advisory Committee on Redistricting has scheduled four forums around the state this month to ensure public involvement in the state’s redistricting process.

The first of those meetings will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in House Room 1 at the Capitol in Richmond. Additional meetings will be held in Norfolk, Roanoke and Northern Virginia. The Norfolk meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 21, at Norfolk State University.

Virginia residents are invited to present their ideas about how new political district boundaries should be drawn, said a press release. Redistricting is required every 10 years and is based on population changes recorded by the U.S. Census.

The commission will make recommendations about new district maps for the 100 seats in the House of Delegates, 40 seats in the state Senate, and Virginia’s 11 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gov. Bob McDonnell established the commission and charged its members with gathering comments from the public and obtaining assistance from impartial experts, according to the release.

To encourage public engagement, the commission will also accept comments on its websites and through social media, said the release. In addition, it will review new district maps presented by student teams in the Virginia College and University Legislative Redistricting Competition.

The commission will present its report April 1 to the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House, chairmen of the House and Senate Privileges and Elections committees, and the governor, so that its recommendations can be considered before the General Assembly’s reconvened session, scheduled to begin April 6.