Gerrymandering- Do we choose our legislators or do they choose us?

Fair Districts PA

It is past time for redistricting reform in PA. The current process is redistricting gone wrong—a process driven by partisan politics, mapping technology, big data, and outside money. The result is gerrymandering: the practice of manipulating voting districts to benefit parties, not people.

With Gerrymandering:
Your vote counts less.
We get fewer options at the ballot box.
Voters feel frustrated and disengage adding to increasing unaccountability.
Politicians lose civility and important problems remain unsolved.
We are left with a non-functional democracy.

Redistricting will next happen after the 2020 census. There is time to put fair redistricting standards into place by appointing an impartial, independent citizens commission to direct the process but we have to change the PA constitution:
Both the PA House and Senate must approve the fair-districts bill during a single session
Both the PA House and Senate must approve it again in the next session
Citizens must then ratify the amendment in a ballot referendum

The Bills:
PA Senate Bill 22, a bipartisan proposal introduced by Senators Lisa Boscola, a Democrat, and Mario Scavello, a Republican, in February 2017.

PA House Bill 722, a bipartisan proposal introduced by Representative Eric Roe, a Republican, and Representative Steve Samuelson, a Democrat, in April 2017.

Call your representatives and ask them to support SB 22 and HB 722 because they provide multiple safeguards for a fairer process, ensure a capable and demographically representative commission, and reduce the major political parties’ ability to manipulate district lines.

Take action and support independent redistricting to make your vote count as it should.



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