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 legislature has adjourned until September. As a result, no legislation will be passed in time to safeguard this year’s map drawing. Our legislative leaders and the legislative process have failed the citizen’s of PA. Our role now is to stress that PA voters want a process that is transparent with more public engagement. Join us to Speak Up for Fair Maps during the 2021 redistricting process.
Speak Up for Fair Maps
The 2021 redistricting process has started. Public hearings will be held this summer and early fall by the Senate and House State Government Committees and Legislative Reapportionment Commission.
Get ready to share your story of distorted districts and lost representation. Learn to testify, join a community conversation, and dig into what defines your district.
While The Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act (LACRA) has not been enacted and time has run out to pass it in the current legislative session, our goal is to show LACRA values in action and to ask for maps that meet those criteria.
Learn more about Speak Up events
What are LACRA values?
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
Learn More about Redistricting