Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: April 29, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov

Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Jeopardizing Virginians’ Constitutional Right to Equal Apportionment

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed Senate Bill 1087, which would authorize the General Assembly to change legislative district boundaries outside of the decennial redistricting process. The Governor’s full veto statement is below.

April 29, 2019

Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto Senate Bill 1087. This legislation authorizes the General Assembly to change legislative district boundaries outside of the decennial redistricting process, in order to conform boundaries of legislative districts to the boundaries of local voting precincts.

This bill violates Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of Virginia, which states: “The General Assembly shall reapportion the Commonwealth into electoral districts in accordance with this section in the year 2011 and every ten years thereafter.” This bill would allow the General Assembly to reapportion at any time of its choosing, regardless of the Constitutional mandate. This would jeopardize Virginians’ constitutional right to equal apportionment.

Accordingly, I veto this bill.

Sincerely,

 

Ralph S. Northam

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