Get to know your districts, and see what gerrymandering looks like across the state.
If you want to see gerrymandering in action, just take a look at Pennsylvania’s district maps. Across the state, you’ll see lines that cut through communities, dividing school districts, neighborhoods, or even city blocks.
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.
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.
Congressional districts get a lot of attention in gerrymandering conversations, but they’re not the only place where politicians have drawn district lines for their own political gain. You can also find examples of manipulated districts in both the PA House and Senate maps. These districts were unchanged by the 2018 PA Supreme Court decision, which did not address state legislative districts.