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The 2011 PA congressional districts—which control who represents you in the U.S. House of Representatives—were some of the most gerrymandered in the nation before the PA Supreme Court declared them unconstitutional in January 2018 and redrew them. However, the Court didn’t change the partisan way redistricting will be done after the 2020 Census. It’s instructive to see what was done in the past and could well happen again.
District 7 had a shape so incongruous, it was known as “Goofy Kicking Donald Duck.” Look at the way it snakes across five different counties, spreading from the suburbs in Montgomery County, northwest of Philadelphia, down to the state line in Delaware County (but skirting around the City of Chester), and then west to Chester County, north to Berks County, and even over to a few bits of Lancaster County. These lines don’t respect community boundaries. They reflect political manipulation.
District 16 used what’s known as a “lasso”: it takes Reading, one of the poorest urban communities in the country, and connects it with a tiny leash to Lancaster County, which is primarily populated by farms and small towns. As a result, politicians serving this district end up ignoring the needs of Reading. Looking at this map, it’s no surprise that Reading has the most underfunded school district in the country—because politicians aren’t paying attention to the city’s needs.
Congressional districts over time
Our district lines didn’t get this way overnight. Select your district and see how much its shape has changed over the past 60 years—it might be more dramatic than you think.
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