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V irginia C apitol C onnections , S pring 2021 11 For a uniquely Richmond experience, stay at Richmond’s oldest and newest boutique hotel. From the tatooed entrance doors on our suites, to the art and furnishings from local artisans, to the finest RVA craft beers and Black Hand Coffee Company products, The Commonwealth is like none other. Our luxurious suites are equally comfortable for an overnight romantic getaway or a long- term assignment. Located in the heart of downtown, directly across from the Virginia State Capitol. Welcome Home Located steps from the General Assembly, Virginia State Capitol, and federal courts buildings, we’ve been the Richmond hom for legislators and lobbyists f r over a ce tury. With 59 guest suites and 3,000 square f et of flexible event space, we are large en ugh to host your meeting or reception, yet small enough to offer the personal attention you deserve. (§24.2-130). This is absolutely necessary for the protection of minority voters. Nonetheless, it does not go far enough. The Commonwealth continues to use single-member districts for elections to the General Assembly. Turnout in our legislative elections is embarrassingly low. In each election year, the modal result in any district is either a blowout or uncontested (see Virginia Capitol Connections , Spring 2020). Robust, meaningful electoral reform in the Commonwealth would entail a switch to multimember districts with ranked-choice voting. Such a system would give all voters a meaningful choice in competitive elections on Election Day and ensure the representation of minority voters. Promoting meaningful competition may appear to be a bridge too far for our current electoral reform efforts. This is not to suggest that the Redistricting Commission and VVRA are anything less than opportunities and causes for celebration. Instead, it is a reminder that progress towards a better democracy in Virginia only begins with these achievements. Mark Rush is the Waxburg Professor of Politics and Law and Director of the Center for International Education at Washington and Lee University. Continued from previous page RADON-EASE, INC. Your One Stop Radon Resource (804) 598-5267 • Wally Dorsey, Jr. OWNER P.O. Box 6325 Richmond, VA 23230 Computerized Radon Testing Statewide, Since 1987 • NRPP and NRSB Listed V