Friday March 9, 2018
Relying on court to make maps fair is not the answer.
When the Republicans and Democrats couldn't agree on maps submitted by both parties, the state Supreme Court followed through on its promise to bring experts in to do the job. The court's map substantially overhauls a GOP-drawn one that has helped produce a predominantly Republican delegation and was widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered.
Based on recent election results, the new congressional map comes closer to achieving partisan balance. However, the Republicans, who had a major advantage for seven years are up in arms. I feel like screaming, "Get over it!" Though this map is fairer, I do not believe it is the answer.
Fair Districts PA has the best answer. Redistricting will next happen after the 2020 census, which means the time is now to put fair redistricting standards into place. Partisan gerrymandering in Pennsylvania can be stopped for good. Two bills, SB 22 and HB 722, propose to create an independent citizens' commission that would create a fair, nonpartisan map. I hope many will check this out and then encourage their legislators to support these bills.
State needs change in redistricting law