The Unitarian Church of Norfolk will host a public forum on redistricting on Sunday, September 10, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. City of Norfolk’s Mayor Kenneth Alexander will serve as moderator for a panel of speakers which will include Sen. Jill Vogel (R- VA27), OneVirginia2021’s Executive Director Brian Cannon and Rebecca Green, JD, professor at William and Mary Law School and Co-Director of Election Law Program.
An opportunity for the audience to ask questions will be granted and all candidates for the November 2017 election to House Districts with constituents in the city of Norfolk will be invited to share thoughts on the redistricting process.
Redistricting legislation in Virginia – based on census data – must be proposed and passed within the General Assembly using the same process as any other piece of legislation. In 2011, former Governor Bob McDonnell appointed an independent commission of lawmakers to re-draw Virginia’s voting districts. After several delays and much contention, the General Assembly passed the legislation drawing Virginia’s current voter districts.
These districts resulted in a 100 percent re-election for incumbent state legislators in November 2015.
The Unitarian Church of Norfolk is located at 739 Yarmouth Street, Norfolk 23510.