Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the commonwealth’s GOP-drawn congressional maps are unconstitutional. The Court tasked the legislature and Governor Wolf with redrawing the maps in a way that will not give one party an unfair, undeserved advantage over the other. Governor Wolf is committed to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians, regardless of party identification, have a say in the redistricting reform.
The governor is holding a series of listening sessions on gerrymandering in Pennsylvania in multiple communities across the commonwealth. His first session took place Tuesday night in State College and was followed up with a second session at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The Daily Collegian reported on Tuesday night’s session in State College:
“The panel’s overall consensus was that gerrymandering should not to be taken lightly, and that open discussions about how to improve Pennsylvania’s current political map is vital to promoting change.”
The governor is holding these listening sessions because he believes that it’s the voices of the voters that matter the most when reshaping the districts. “It’s important that we engage in open and transparent conversation on gerrymandering,” he said. “This is not a partisan issue and I want to make it clear that the people of Pennsylvania are the ones leading this charge.”
Governor Wolf adamantly believes that the people of Pennsylvania deserve fair congressional maps. He has been dedicated to this cause for so long, he even wrote a dissertation on gerrymandering 36 years ago! The governor has pledged to reject any unfair map, and he will continue his work until the people of Pennsylvania get the representation they deserve.