Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission Begins Touring the State to Gain Public Input

Image of Ron Williams, of Fair Districts PA, testifying before the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission via Emily Previti, WHYY.

The Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission has begun touring the state for a series of public meetings to get voter input on the creation of future congressional maps, writes Emily Previti for WHYY.

The Keystone State will redraw its congressional and legislative districts again after the 2020 census. The commission’s first public meeting took place in Williamsport last week, with more than 50 people attending.

Currently, the congressional districts in Pennsylvania are drawn by the legislature and then approved by the governor. However, the last change in 2011 was considered one of the most unfairly gerrymandered in the nation.

And while the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently overturned that congressional map and replaced it with a new one, the process itself did not change. Some believe, though, that there might be a way to change the process without a constitutional amendment. To investigate this option, a commission formed by Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing new ideas for reform.

“Maybe there are some areas that weren’t covered under the constitution that could be looked at,” said Amanda Holt, a Lehigh County Commissioner.

The commission will publish its findings in the fall.

Read more about the tour from WHYY here.

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