LWVLC POSITION ON GERRYMANDERING
The League of Women Voters of Lancaster PA supports the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania's stance on apportionment and redistricting. The LWVPA's stance is to "Support apportionment and redistricting based substantially on population of all voting districts, with additional consideration given to compact and contiguous territory and with respect given to municipal boundaries." You can learn more about the LWVPA's position on the issue of redistricting on the Where We Stand page of their website.
A lawsuit on the issue of gerrymandering has been filed by individual voters against Pennsylvania. To learn more about the case, please visit The Public Interest Law Center. To read the updates to the case after the December 11-15 trial, please click here. Commonwealth Court Judge Kevin Brobson's Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law were released on December 29, 2017. On January 22, 2018, the PA Supreme Court ruled that the 2011 congressional districts map was unconstitutional. The General Assembly and the Governor have until February 15, 2018 to redraw and approve the map. Visit www.pacourts.us to read the order.
You can learn more about redistricting in Pennsylvania and how gerrymandering affects voters by visiting the website of Fair Districts PA. Click here to sign their petition to end gerrymandering in PA.
Check out our calendar to find upcoming events related to this issue.
LWVPA'S REACTION TO THE APRIL 11TH VOTE ON HOUSE BILL 722
We are deeply disappointed and dismayed by the blatant disregard for Pennsylvania citizens demonstrated by Chairman Daryl Metcalfe and Republican members of the House State Government Committee yesterday.
Rather than holding a hearing on the merits of House Bill 722, which would reform our redistricting process by taking it out of the hands of elected officials, Chairman Metcalfe held an urgent voting meeting of the House State Government Committee to ram through his chosen amendment to the bill.
Chairman Metcalfe kept the purpose of the meeting secret until just before the meeting was called to order. Committee members did not have time to review the amendment before a vote was called. There was no opportunity for public review or comment. The amendment passed by a party-line vote.
This is not how democracy is supposed to work.
The amendment completely undermines the intent of HB722. Rather than implementing an independent citizen redistricting commission, the amended version of the bill consolidates power in the majority party to control both legislative and congressional redistricting.
We are not done. This fight is not over. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days. And support our work by donating here.
We hope to see you on Monday, April 16th for Reclaiming Our Democracy: The Rally to End Gerrymandering at the PA Capitol Building in Harrisburg, PA. Come make your voice heard! Details and rsvp here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/reclaiming-our-democracy-rally-to-end-gerrymandering.
Susan Carty, President
Suzanne Almeida, Executive Director
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