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 and in 2020 we will be expanding our efforts by building coalitions and supporting structural reforms.
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.
In 2019, the people spoke out against gerrymandering and legislators listened by overwhelmingly passing a bipartisan constitutional amendment that has the possibility to make history by creating a redistricting commission in Virginia. Though it was a monumental effort to get this far, it was only the first step.
In 2020, the amendment was passed again by the Virginia General Assembly exactly as is in order for it to go to the people for a vote. With 70% of Virginia voters supporting the initiative, it’s a no brainer, right?
If we come together across party lines and add criteria for commission members and selection, mapping criteria, community engagement and transparency, and laws that all courts must follow. Together, we can make history.
Vote by mail improves the voting process by letting voters decide when, where, and how they want to vote.
We support legislation that gradually makes Virginia a vote by mail state. Starting with no-excuse absentee and allowing voters to become permanent absentee voters if they choose.
Voting by mail benefits everyone including rural voters who may have a long-drive, individuals who may have trouble getting to a polling location, 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.