What happens this year affects the next ten years.
We want districts that reflect the will of voters. We can get there with a more transparent process, public engagement, and clear, measurable map-drawing standards.
The Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act (LACRA) has all three.
What will LACRA give us?
The Legislative Congressional Redistricting Act has been introduced as House Bill 22 and Senate Bill 222. If passed, LACRA will require the following fair rules for redistricting.
Greater Transparency and More Public Engagement
- A user-friendly website for free public access to data, maps and all redistricting information
- Multiple statewide public hearings before and after redistricting plans are approved
- Meetings that are all subject to the Open Meetings Law and hearings that must
- be live streamed
- held at convenient times for the public
- accommodate for multiple languages
- The ability to submit a redistricting plan or part of a plan which the committee must review (this applies to every Pennsylvanian)
- A written report of decisions, rationale and process
Clear and Measurable Redistricting Criteria
- Mandates compact and contiguous federal and state districts
- Adds enforceable limits on splitting counties beyond what is required by population and bans dividing voting precincts
- Protects racial and language minorities against discrimination in the mapping process
- Outlaws district plans designed to protect incumbents or discriminate against political parties
- Keeping communities of interest intact
- Responding to voter preferences as measured by widely accepted tests
- Conforming districts to natural boundaries like rivers, mountains, etc.
Further Information on LACRA
The Princeton Gerrymandering Project has produced one page explanations of key LACRA concepts as part of their Pennsylvania State-Level Reforms page
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