Ending gerrymandering: the latest
There's a lot of confusion and spin out there about the big court fight over redistricting. Here's what you need to know:
The GOP-led redistricting map of 2011 is a classic case of partisan gerrymandering. After all, in the three elections since, Republicans have won 53% of the vote and 72% of the seats. Democrats have won 47% of the vote and just 28% of the seats.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the map violates our state constitution because it benefits one political party rather than expressing the will of the people. That's exactly what I told the Court, and our victory is a victory for all Pennsylvanians.
Now, the defendants are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop this process. By past precedent, this shouldn't succeed. The Pennsylvania Constitution is the purview of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, not the U.S. But we'll soon find out.
The current ruling is that a new map must be passed by the Legislature by February 9, and signed by the Governor by February 15. If they don't get it done, the Court will draw a map for us.
To speed that process along, I've offered a fair, nonpartisan map. The Stack Map was drawn by academic mapping experts using computerized algorithms that met the legal obligations of a fair and competitive map.
My bottom line: In a democracy, elections are supposed to matter. The will of the people, expressed at the ballot box, should determine who makes the decisions. When we break that connection, it's bad for America.
Stay tuned. I'll let you know how you can get involved in this fight.
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