We are asking the Legislative Reapportionment Commission to apply LACRA transparency to restore trust and ensure a fair, transparent redistricting process. We sent this letter to Chairman Nordenberg and cc’d the legislative members of the commission.
Between April 24 and May 1, Fair Districts PA and the League of Women Voters PA held events across the commonwealth to make it clear: now is the time to put transparency and accountability into the redistricting process.
When the Census Bureau counts people every ten years, people in prison are counted as part of the electoral districts where they are incarcerated, rather than in their home communities. This distorts representation at local and state levels, giving prison districts undeserved strength in the state legislature and reducing the influence of communities whose populations are most impacted by incarceration.
Our Fair Districts PA team was happy to hear of the joint hearing on redistricting scheduled for the Senate and House State Government Committees on February 24th. We hope it will be the first of several.
Some lawmakers want to pass a constitutional amendment that would effectively gerrymander our courts. This amendment would require PA’s statewide judges to run for election in regional districts drawn by lawmakers.