from Willistown-Malvern Democrats
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the boundaries of our 18 congressional districts, saying they violate the state constitution and are unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. This is a HUGE VICTORY to Democratic voters.
The Court strikes down the current district plan.
The Court states the March 13th special election for the 18th district (Democratic candidate Conor Lamb’s race) is unaffected.
The (Republican-controlled) Legislature has until February 9 to submit proposed new districts.
If the Legislature doesn’t submit a plan by that date or the plan isn’t approved by Governor Wolf, the Court will draw the districts based on the record, and it invites relevant parties to submit proposals by February 15th.
Definition of a district will be: “compact and contiguous territory; as nearly
equal in population as practicable; and which do not divide any county, city, incorporated town, borough, township, or ward, except where necessary to ensure equality of population.”
If necessary, the date for the primary will have to be readjusted.
See the full order HERE: Order GrantedJurisdiction Retained 10339890932033626
What does this mean for us?
The decision might delay when we have our petition signing events or change which candidates are running in our district. Our district may change altogether and there’s a chance the primary might be delayed. We need to pay attention to the timeline of events, as Chester County uses paper ballots that need to be printed well ahead of the election. There are many unknowns until the map is redrawn. Stay Tuned, the next date to watch for is Feb 9th. We will keep you informed.
IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE, this is a Democratic-controlled court. The next time someone tells you that voting for judges isn’t important – tell them about this. #VotingMatters.
“The order issued by the Supreme Court today found that the congressional map violates Pennsylvania’s constitution and has provided the methodology for new maps to be submitted and acted upon before the end of February. I want to thank and compliment the attorneys and parties who brought this before the Supreme Court and helped right this obvious wrong.” — Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Marcel L. Groen
Want to know more about Gerrymandering?
Attend a Fair Districts event. There are two events coming up soon.
Feb 4: Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 W Lancaster Ave., Paoli. 1:30-3PM.
Feb 25: Congregation Or Shalom, 835 Darby Paoli Rd., Berwyn. 10-11:30AM