House Redistricting Recap

by Amanda Holt, 6/7/12

On the eve of the Revised Final Plan public unveiling, we now turn our attention to the House plan — why it was egregious and what quick clues that will indicate whether or not this plan will abide by our constitution.

We begin with reviewing just why the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sent it back to the commission for a re-do in the first place. The primary cause in the House was an excessive number of avoidable subdivision splits (court evidence showed an over 50% reduction was possible). The Justices specifically noted it would not forbid specific divisions, just that the LRC should stay within the limits set by the Constitution.

Excessive Splits

Most prominent are the excessive number of splits that still remain, each of which serves to further dilute the voice of Pennsylvania residents. The chart to the right illustrates this….

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