Help us send a clear message to Harrisburg: Pennsylvanians support fair districting policies and fair procedural rules. And we’re willing to fight for them.
Contacting your state legislators is one of the most effective ways to help our cause. We recommend phone calls, in-person visits, or printed letters—email doesn’t have as great an impact. Other things to keep in mind:
To find your legislators, go to the PA General Assembly locator tool, then use the drop-down list in our Advocacy Record Keeping tool. The tool shows contact info, if they supported past reform efforts OR have signed on to new ones.
NOTE: the tool can take a moment to load, so be patient. Searching by district number is faster than legislator name.
In-person visits make the biggest impression. These talking points will help you have a productive, accurate conversation. If you’d like help preparing for an in-person visit or want info about your legislator, submit this form.
This belief is strong across voters of all parties and all parts of the state. (Want more detail? Check our survey update.)
When all redistricting activity takes place publicly, with meaningful opportunities for public engagement, voters can see and participate in the process. No more closed-door meetings where a handful of party operatives carve out districts in secret to punish recalcitrant legislators, protect incumbency and tip the outcome of elections in their favor. Transparency enhances voters’ trust in their government officials.
Clear, measurable controls on map-making make it harder to abuse the process, and explicit redistricting criteria establish standards to which legislators can be held accountable.
We’re a big swing state with a large legislature and lax campaign finance laws. Both Republican and Democratic PACs are working hard to flip PA districts. So much outside money creates an even more negative tone and discourages good people from both sides from seeking public office.
The five-member commission in charge of legislative redistricting is controlled by party leaders who can and do punish rank-and-file members who vote against the party line.
Redistricting reform has become a rallying cry among a range of groups, and voters are taking notice. Leaders who show their commitment to fairness and are willing to fix our system will win many fans—while those who don’t will lose the confidence of their voters. The 2019 Franklin & Marshall survey suggests 3 out of 5 PA voters are more likely to vote for a legislator who supports an independent commission.
Please report back on contact with legislators, staff or candidates, even requests for meetings that were ignored or refused. That helps us keep track of all contact efforts and can give us insight into legislator or candidate support or opposition.