The League of Women Voters of Falls Church is hosting a forum on gerrymandering, the political tactic of manipulating the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts, on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center at 223 Little Falls St. At the forum, called “Gerrymandering: Can It Be Stopped?” there will be discussion about political redistricting and exploring how both major political parties have used the tactic to gain an advantage in elections.
Currently, legislative districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia are drawn by the General Assembly, but some proponents of redistricting reform are seeking instead to have districts drawn by an independent, bipartisan commission.
Brian Cannon, executive director of OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting, will lead the discussion. OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting is a coalition seeking changes to redistricting policies by 2021, the state’s next scheduled redistricting. Cannon will be joined by Sara Fitzgerald, a member of the Falls Church League of Women Voters who currently serves on the national League’s Redistricting Task Force.