FAIR DISTRICT PA MEETING SUMMARY
Pennsylvania's Congressional districts were among the worst in the country after the 2011 redistricting process. Those districts were changed after a 2017-2018 lawsuit. Our state senate and house districts continue to be among the most gerrymandered by any measure available. But PA will revert to its old method of drawing district boundaries with the 2020 census. This will allow the majority party to draw lines to protect at risk Congressmen and maintain the uneven number of republican seats despite the makeup of PA voters.
Politicians can use sophisticated mapping technology and surgically precise data to pick exactly who they want in or out of a voting district.
Pennsylvania is one of the few remaining large swing states. What happens in our state has an outsize impact on Congress.
Our redistricting process for state legislative districts puts mapping power in the hands of just a few leaders, with no built-in checks or balances.
And now the PA legislature has already fast tracked a HB thru one session to eliminate statewide judicial elections. They have already voted out of committee in the House this session and are fast tracking what is now HB 38 to get passed through both chambers in February. This would allow for a referendum to be placed on the primary ballot and almost guarantee it becoming law. The independence of our state judiciary is at stake, as now judges will have constituents. The bill was first introduced with no forewarning in 2019, had no hearings or public comment, little discussion and only Republican support. The PA Bar Association, the AFL CIO, numerous other groups and judges have spoken out against this bill. It is a bad bill.
PA needs less gerrymandering, not more. We must contact our state Representatives and Senators and urge that they vote NO on House Bill 38. If it is passed and placed on the ballot, we will have to educate voters to vote NO in May. Fair District is again working very hard on this issue. I hope Norwin Area Democrats will join the fight as a group and as individuals.
Summary by Lisa Messineo