PA Supreme Court gives win to voters

In a victory for fair elections, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week struck down the boundaries of our state’s 18 congressional districts. According to the ruling, the district boundaries were found unconstitutional because they had been unfairly drawn to benefit one political party.

No kidding. Pennsylvania has become one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation due to many years of farcical map drawing by the Republican majority, such as Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district. The 7th could be a great candidate for the ink blot “Rorschach” test method.  

The state legislature now has until Feb. 9 to draw new districts with “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.”

This week’s decision means that voters will get to decide who will best represent them in Congress instead of politicians in power deciding who their voters will be. This is a victory for democracy in Pennsylvania and in ensuring fair districts and elections.

I’ll keep you updated on the status of our efforts when the legislature returns to session on Feb. 5.

As always, if I can help you with any state-related issue, please contact me.