To the Editor:

I have been following your reporting on disenfranchised voters. I am keenly aware of the situation and fully appreciate the impact of “taxation without representation” on my constituents in Louisa, Fluvanna and Goochland. 

This is one of my highest legislative priorities. As many may remember, I submitted a bill in the 2019 session of the General Assembly that would have provided a means of solving the problem statewide. SB1102 would have aligned local and legislative boundaries and would have been enacted in time to correct the problem before the November elections. 

The bill passed through the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee and a vote by the full Senate, unanimously. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives killed the bill in committee. SB1102 was an apolitical, common sense solution that was fully supported by the Virginia State Board of Elections, the Virginia State Association of Registrars, the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia Association of Counties. 

Despite that, the House members could not understand that it was not a re-districting bill. I have already begun to fashion SB1102 for resubmission in the 2020 session. In the meantime, I and my staff are working with the local registrars to come up with a temporary solution for the November elections. I will keep you informed of our progress.

I invite all of my constituents to continue to bring me their issues and I promise I will try to address them to the fullest extent of my office. 

Contact me at District22@senate.virginia.gov or (571) 214-5499.

Sen. Mark J. Peake

District 22

Senate of Virginia