When you’re unable to get to a hearing for oral testimony, your written testimony can make an impact on how maps in PA are drawn for the next 10 years. Here’s what you can do.
Research has shown that legislators will take feedback to redistricting committees and the more specific and local you are, the better. Your testimony is an important part of building pressure for Fair Maps.
We currently have four committees collecting written testimony for Congressional District reapportionment and State House and Senate District Reapportionment. This table will direct you to all of your available outlets.
|Committee||What are they redrawing?||Written Testimony Deadline
||Written Testimony Submission|
|Legislative Reapportionment Commission||State House and Senate districts||Not Yet Given||PA Redistricting Site|
|House State Government Committee||Federal Congressional Districts||October 13, 2021||Only through partisan website by region|
|Senate State Government Committee||Federal Congressional Districts||Not Yet Given||Only through partisan website|
|Governor’s Advisory Commission||Federal Congressional Districts||Not Yet Given||Public Comment Site|
To write testimony that can influence the decisions of our legislative representatives when they draw the maps that will impact the state over the next 10 years, we suggest the following:
Testimony and feedback regarding small geographic areas have a higher likelihood of becoming adopted by the map drawers. You may want to consider limiting your feedback to specific geographic areas, keeping in mind the more specific, the likelier your feedback will be adopted:
Be clear about the community you are representing, give details to decision-makers that can help them make specific decisions surrounding your community. Maps and demographic data cannot easily tell the story of how people relate in a particular area. Questions worth considering:
Tell the drawers what you would like to see happen. Some examples you may consider below:
The Fair Districts PA Testimony Worksheet - Use this to help guide writing a more in-depth testimony