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Thu Nov 25, 2021, 11:31 AM

Fair Districts PA proposes new Pennsylvania Districts Maps [View all]

(link) https://fairdistrictspa.com/updates/the-peoples-maps-submitted-to-the-lrc

The Peopleís Maps Submitted to the LRC
November 10, 2021

Fair Districts PA supporters and allies believe that electoral districts belong to all of us, and that all of us should have a say in how districts are drawn.

On November 10, the final Peopleís Maps were shared with the Legislative Reapportionment Commission. These maps are the product of countless rounds of review and revision, incorporating public testimony, input from feedback forms, and dozens of large and small community mapping conversations. The goal is to demonstrate that regular people can balance priorities, gather input and create maps that make sense and provide fair outcomes for ALL the people of Pennsylvania.

Some highlights:

- Far fewer divided counties and municipalities.
- Far better metrics on compactness.
- Six more minority/majority districts than the existing PA House map had when it was drawn in 2012.
- Many minority opportunity and influence districts in parts of the commonwealth where Black and Brown populations donít meet levels needed for majority/minority districts.
- Inclusion of 8 Unity districts, created by PA Voice partners working with community organizations in Pittsburgh, York, Reading, Lancaster and Philadelphia.
- Attention to PA geography, including rivers, roads and ridges.
- Significant effort to keep school districts as intact as possible and avoid dividing college campuses.
- Partisan bias scores that predict majoritarian outcomes, allowing votersí voices to be heard locally, but also on a statewide level.

No map is perfect. Given Pennsylvaniaís geography and strangely shaped cities and counties, many districts donít have smooth edges or fall into neat rectangular shapes. Many school districts, even some municipalities, cross county lines. Districts in populous areas will be geographically small, while those in more rural areas may cover multiple counties.

Every line is a decision and every district involves tradeoffs. Our goal was to meet median metrics for essential legal requirements (compactness, contiguity, minimal splits, minority representation, and lack of partisan bias), while incorporating LACRA safeguards and community input.

- more at link -

2021 Proposed Maps:

Supported by LWV League of Women Voters (link) https://actionnetwork.org/letters/people-powered-fair-maps-the-peoples-maps-for-pa-house-and-senate

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