Bob Gibson of the Charlottesville Daily Progress points to the effect of redistricting on the races around the area.
What if they put a lot of elections on the Nov. 6 ballot and few candidates came?
Voter turnout, election coverage and incumbent worries would flag, suffer and diminish.
As of today, it appears that most General Assembly members around Charlottesville, like others elsewhere, will not be challenged for re-election.
This is the real problem with partisan redistricting: the lack of competitive races. The same folks who say that competition is good for business say -by their actions – that it’s bad for politics. I think that’s BS.
Presented with the opportunity, the Senate passed non-partisan redistricting but the House – well, let’s just say that “doing the right thing” didn’t occur to the members of the P&E committee.
This should be an issue in the fall campaign. As much as transportation effects us all, so does the ability to have a choice.
What if they held an election and nobody came to vote? The longer partisan redistricting goes on, the likelihood of that happening increases.
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