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A review is underway throughout the state, which holds elections for Congress this year. The House of Delegates will be up for election again next year, along with all 40 state Senate seats, which were not on the ballot in 2017.
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Brian Cannon, executive director of the redistricting reform group OneVirginia2021, said problems like these threaten to undermine confidence in the electoral system. He faults not registrars, but legislators from both canada goose outlet website legit parties, saying highly gerrymandered political maps fracture communities for political advantage, not administrative ease.
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The Newport News registration errors affected seven apartment buildings built in 2016 in a fast growing area outside the gates of Joint Base Eustis, an Army installation, and about a 15 minute drive from Christopher Newport University.
In maps drawn according to district boundaries spelled out in state code, the apartment buildings are located inside the 94th House District. But the Newport News registrar’s office mistakenly canada goose outlet authentic placed them in the adjacent 93rd canada goose jacket outlet uk District.
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buy canada goose jacket cheap The errors remained in the system until The Post inquired about them a week ago. Lewis and state elections officials would not say whether they learned of the problem from The Post or on their own. buy canada goose jacket cheap
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