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Lawsuit challenging how Republicans drew Pennsylvania’s congressional districts 6 years ago will proceed, court decides

Lancaster Online, from AP, 11/9/11

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state-level challenge to how congressional districts were drawn by Republicans six years ago will proceed on a compressed schedule, a closely divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

The Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision overturned a lower court judge’s ruling last month that had put the dispute on hold.

The order said the case “involves issues of immediate public importance” and gave Commonwealth Court only until Dec. 31 to issue findings of fact and legal conclusions.
Redistricting reform effort to kick off in Lancaster County

“We are thrilled that Pennsylvania voters will have their day in court,” said Mimi McKenzie, legal director of the Public Interest Law Center and part of a team that represents the plaintiffs, a group that includes people who live in each of the 18 districts and the state’s League of Women Voters.

“I think the average citizen doesn’t have to do more than look at the distorted shapes of these districts to understand that something is very much amiss,” McKenzie said….

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This map, part of a presentation by Fair Districts PA, shows Pennsylvania’s 7th U.S. House district, which extends into eastern Lancaster County. It is regularly cited as one of the clearest examples of gerrymandering in the country. [The preceding caption is from Lancaster Online. Look at the salient point of Tredyffrin to the east: it adjoins the 7th district and you could be in the 2nd and 13th districts in a couple of minutes. Absurd! Gerrymandering is the antithesis of democracy and community representation. Gerrymandering is a bane that degrades government, spreads disillusion with voting, and perpetuates political extremism by aiming to create non-competitive districts (but that part isn’t going to work around here in 2018!).]

State Senate debate set for Sunday at Riddle Village

By Kathleen E. Carey, Daily Local News, 4/15/16

MIDDLETOWN >> The Pennsylvania 9th District Senate race is about to be up for debate.

At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the League of Women Voters of Delaware and Chester counties is hosting the faceoff between state Rep. Tom Killion, R-168, of Middletown and Democrat Marty Molloy as both vie for the job left vacant when Dominic Pileggi was elected to the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.

The event will be at Riddle Village, next to Riddle Hospital on Baltimore Pike, and is open to the public. It will not be videotaped.

Organizers explained why they chose to highlight this particular race. “It’s a normal league debate,” Marita Green of the Delco/Chesco LMV said.

Green explained that the league chose the state Senate race for a debate because there’s a special election on April 26, along with the normal primary election. Whoever wins the special election will be immediately sworn into office….

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League of Women Voters upset with Election Board makeup

By Jim Callahan, Daily Local News, 10/31/14

The Pennsylvania League of Women Voters is concerned that the Chester County Election Board lacks minority party representation going into Tuesday’s election.

“All Chester County voters have a right to be represented by their Election Commission,” said Susan Carty, president of the League for both Pennsylvania and Chester County. “An Election Commission comprised of only one political party will, at minimum, contribute to an unhealthy, distrusting, skeptical public perception. That is not right,” she said….

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