A landmark Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision found that our 2011 congressional district map violated the state constitution by denying voters their right to “free and equal” elections. The courts have now issued a new map with redrawn boundaries. Yet politicians are still fighting to keep our state gerrymandered—and we’re all paying the price.
We applaud the court’s decision—but redrawing the 2011 congressional map is only a short-term fix. Redistricting will happen again after the 2020 Census, and if it follows the same process as last time, the 2021 map is likely to be gerrymandered, too—regardless of which party is in power.
We can change that. Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan, citizen-led group working to change the state constitution so we can stop gerrymandering in Pennsylvania for good.
An independent citizens’ commission leads redistricting efforts
Citizens participate in the process and “closed-door” deal-making ends
Clear standards for equality, fairness, and integrity guide the process
Legislation amending the state constitution to create an independent citizens redistricting commission is finally getting traction in Harrisburg. But passage is not certain. A few legislative leaders in key positions are doing all they can to make sure a vote is never taken, despite a bipartisan majority of legislators and tens of thousands of citizens from all parts of the state who want this amendment to pass. Help us get a citizens commission enacted by signing our petition to the PA Legislature.
When citizens vote, fair districting wins—California and Arizona have already done it. But first, we need the PA legislature to step up. Thousands of your neighbors are already making calls and holding rallies. Join them. Take action now.
@ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
@ Northampton Community College of Monroe