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Re “Try again” (Your Views, Sept. 23): I read Gayle John­son’s let­ter with dis­may; she is some­one I cam­paigned for in 2019. John­son is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to vote no on Amend­ment 1. As she states, there was a lot of hard work and ef­fort put into this amend­ment. Those ef­forts were led by onevir­ginia2021.org and in­cluded thou­sands of peo­ple from both par­ties as well as in­de­pen­dents.

The amend­ment was not what she had hoped for. I agree it is not what was orig­i­nally pro­posed. It is a com­pro­mise. Amend­ments must be ap­proved by both leg­isla­tive bod­ies twice; with an elec­tion in be­tween. It is a mir­a­cle this amend­ment got through both houses.

The amend­ment cre­ates a bi­par­ti­san com­mis­sion of four Democrats, four Repub­li­cans and eight cit­i­zens. Pro­ceed­ings are trans­par­ent and open to the pub­lic. Learn more at onevir­ginia2021.org and fairmapsva.org.

John­son is pro­mot­ing a law, HB 1255/SB 717, passed re­cently that has great cri­te­ria for draw­ing dis­trict lines. Vot­ing yes on Amend­ment 1 would not over­turn this law. In my opin­ion this law does not re­place the amend­ment but ac­tu­ally en­hances the amend­ment. Amend­ment 1 pro­vides a struc­ture and HB 1255/SB 717 pro­vides work­ing cri­te­ria and ob­jec­tives. Re­mem­ber a law can be changed every year by the party in power. An amend­ment to the Vir­ginia Con­sti­tu­tion takes a min­i­mum of 2½ years to pass.

Amend­ment 1 is not per­fect, but let’s not let “per­fect” stand in the way of progress. Vote yes for Amend­ment 1 and be proud.

Richard Ha­gen, Vir­ginia Beach

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