SUNLIGHT AND TRANSPARENCY. Who knows why attorneys on the Democratic side at Perkins Coie moved to keep the public from seeing the redistricting plans submitted to the court. This should be the last round of legal discussions before Virginians FINALLY see what the new congressional maps. If you’d like to review what has been submitted to the court click here. Thanks to Judge Albert Diaz’s ruling to make the submissions public, we may see it.
Keep in mind there are files related to a map program that can not be opened unless you have $15,000 in proprietary map software. Though at the blog The Bull Elephant they have simplified reviewing maps. We will post maps at BVV as well. But in the summaries of what has been submitted, most submissions contain a simple map that can be viewed.
To see what Governor Terry McAuliffe submitted click here for the PDF —> 2015 09 18 Governor’s Memo and Supporting Papers (AS FILED) (ECF 231 to 231-5)
Much of what Gov. McAuliffe submitted includes a report by Dr. Lisa Handley called Providing Black Voters with and Opportunity to Elect Candidates of Choice: A District Specific Analysis of the Third Congressional District in Virginia.
When our tax money is involved and our legislature can’t be bothered to do the job we elected them for, the public should be able to see what the plans submitted to the court are. Why anyone would argue otherwise is a counter to a basic feature of our democracy. There is no excuse for trying to hide this information.