The PA Supreme Court found that our Congressional district map “clearly, plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
The Court ordered the map be redrawn, giving our state legislature until February 9 to accomplish that.
According to the Court: “any congressional districting plan shall consist of: congressional districts composed of compact and contiguous territory; as nearly equal in population as practicable; and which do not divide any county, city, incorporated town, borough, township, or ward, except where necessary to ensure equality of population.”
The decision is a victory for all Pennsylvania voters because it reaffirms one of the most fundamental principles of our system of representative democracy — the right of the people, not political party leaders, to decide who will represent us in the halls of government.
We continue to believe that an independent redistricting commission is the best long-term remedy to ensure free and equal elections for all PA voters in future legislative and Congressional elections.
Join us in asking our legislative leaders to move quickly to draw a map that meets the Court’s requirements, then enact House Bill 722 and Senate Bill 22 rather than spend more taxpayer time and money trying to defend an indefensible map and process.