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Letter: Pa. Voters Want Fair District Maps

on February 09, 2018 4:00 AM

Congressional Districts are redrawn every 10 years, just after the U.S. Census. In Pennsylvania the party controlling the legislature controls drawing the map. Thus, the Republicans in Harrisburg had the opportunity to do the right thing after the 2010 census and create fair districts.

Instead, our state Senator Jake Corman and his Republican colleagues devised some of the most extremely gerrymandered congressional districts in the country. The people recognized this, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court confirmed it. The court said the districts “clearly, plainly and palpably” violated the state Constitution, and demanded the boundaries of the state’s 18 congressional districts be redrawn.

So how did Sen. Corman and his fellow Republicans react to the court’s decision? Did they promise this time to present honest and fair districts to the Governor for his approval?

Not exactly. They made the unusual move of appealing the state Supreme Court’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, which rejected the appeal. Jake Corman and his fellow Republican legislators apparently will do anything to prevent the people of Pennsylvania from being represented fairly in Congress.

Corman is up for re-election this year and will probably ask the voters again to trust him to do the right thing in Harrisburg for another term. It will be interesting to see how he explains the unconstitutional gerrymandered districts he helped create and continues to defend.

Harvey Gilbert

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