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Virginia House of Delegates Districts
Due to the late finalization of the 2020 census by the previous federal administration, Virginia is finally voting with its new redistricted districts for both the House of Delegates and the state Senate.
House of Delegates
All 100 districts in the House are up for reelection in November 2023 for two-year terms.
In the 2020 election, Biden won in Virginia by a strong margin of 10.1% with Virginia becoming a fully Blue state. Unfortunately, the state switched back to Red in 2021 with the election of a fascist governor.
In 2021 Democrats lost control of the House of Delegates and the Governor's mansion. The Republicans have been very busy turning over rights for voting, healthcare, education, and LGBTQ+. It's critical that the Democrats flip the 3 seats needed to regain control of the House and restore Virginia to a functioning Democracy.
All seats in the State Senate are up for election in 2023. It's critical that Democrats maintain control of the Senate. All seats have been redistricted.
Virginia Democrats' Accomplishments
Democrats controlled the Virginia legislature from January 2020 until December 2021, the first time since 1997. In one year of action, Democrats passed new laws that dramatically improved the lives of Virginians. A small sampling of these bills is below. Unfortunately, the Republicans are busy reversing the gains and taking aways rights and freedoms.
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An Issue Republicans Refuse to Address
An Issue Republicans Refuse to Address
“Red states” (defined as states that voted for Trump in 2020) suffer gun mortality rates much higher than “blue states” (states voting for Biden in 2020.)
In response to the increasing number of mass shootings and other gun violence, Republican state legislators have worked to expand access to guns, roll back red flag laws and remove permit requirements for open or concealed carry.
Following the 2019 election in which both houses of the Virginia legislature went Democratic, the legislature passed seven bills regulating guns, ranging from background checks to red flag laws to limits on handgun purchases. This effort raised Virginia by some measures to having the 14th strongest gun laws in the nation.
However, Republicans captured the House of Delegates in 2021, and further efforts at gun regulation in the Legislature have been blocked by the Republican-controlled House. Likewise, Republican efforts to loosen gun laws have been blocked by the Democratic-controlled Senate. The lesson is clear—there is progress on reduction of gun violence under Democrats, but the reverse is true under Republicans.
Voters interested in seeing sensible gun regulations enacted have only one choice: elect Democrats.
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BIRTH CONTROL AND ABORTION BANS
Making birth control widely available is an obvious strategy for decreasing the number of abortions.
That is, unless you are a Republican. In fact, the opposite is occurring: some Republicans are trying to limit access to birth control. Unsurprisingly, this is not happening in blue states. In Virginia, the
Democratic-controlled Senate currently provides a backstop against this kind of legislation.
However, should Republicans in Virginia take control of both legislative bodies after the 2023
elections, Virginians should not be surprised to find that they also face limits on access to some types of birth control.
Ranked Choice Voting
In traditional voting, candidates can win elections with a plurality of votes—meaning they get more votes than any other candidate—but without receiving more than half the votes.
In ranked choice voting, also called instant runoff, voters rank their preferences. Their first-choice candidate may not win, but possibly another of their preferred candidates will.
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