The Supreme Court got it wrong on gerrymandering

Dear Friends,

In a landmark 5-4 decision today, the Supreme Court ruled against the challengers to partisan gerrymandering, concluding that legislative redistricting is under the purview solely of Congress and the states, not the federal courts — a decision that will influence the redrawing of congressional districts after the 2020 census.

“We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote.

With all due respect, the Supreme Court got this one wrong. Voters should be picking their elected officials. Elected officials should not be picking their voters.

As long as I am in the State House, I will fight for a procedure that’s fair, transparent and apolitical. There is no greater right and privilege in this country than voting, and I will continue to seek to amend the Pennsylvania constitution to establish an independent citizens commission for redistricting of the commonwealth’s legislative districts to assure that the will of the people of Pennsylvania is fairly represented.


Steve McCarter
Pennsylvania State Representative
Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough