In a 2015 report on the health of state democracies, Virginia came in second to last out of 51 jurisdictions and received an F in ballot access, an F in representation in state government, and a D in limiting political influence.
In 2019, Unite Virginia supported a core group of candidates who were open to electoral reform.
In 2020, we supported a healthy legislative portfolio that included redistricting reform, ranked choice voting, and vote at home. In Virginia, all three policy areas were successful in enacting bills with bipartisan support, the only jurisdiction in the country to do so that year.
In 2021, with all 100 seats in the House of Delegates up for grabs, we will expand our electoral program in order to support a larger slate of candidates.
Ranked Choice voting provides a simple and easy improvement for jurisdictions that want to try it, along with a better process that makes elections faster and cheaper for jurisdictions that really want it.
2020 provided major electoral changes for the Commonwealth of Virginia. A Virginia constitutional amendment passed that created a citizen-led bipartisan redistricting commission, a significant step forward in putting voters first. For the first time, this new law gave citizens direct input into the map drawing process, and dramatically increased transparency and accountability.
The redistricting amendment passed the Virginia General Assembly twice, once in 2019 and again in 2020, and then proceeded to the citizens for a vote on the November 2020 ballot. An overwhelming 65% voted YES on the initiative, showing how popular the desire to end partisan gerrymandering really is.
Virginians prefer policies that put voters first by increasing competition, transparency, and accountability. In 2020, Virginia showed the nation what was possible by putting people over party.
Vote by mail improves the voting process by letting voters decide when, where, and how they want to vote.
Providing the option to Vote at Home benefits everyone including rural voters who may have a long-drive, individuals who may have trouble getting to a polling station, and pretty much everyone who would prefer more convenience while voting. It also has been proven to save money and increase election security and results in jurisdictions where it has already been implemented.