Pa. Republican leaders meet challenge to redraw congressional districts

Gov. Tom Wolf gives his budget address at the state Capitol in Harrisburg this week

Gov. Tom Wolf gives his budget address at the state Capitol in Harrisburg this week

Lambing, who studies at Penn State Behrend, said the existing congressional map-which divides Erie County into the third and fifth districts-is confusing.

But a spokesman for Wolf suggested the plan would fail to meet the high court's requirements because it lacked approval from the state legislature as a whole. The court has said to expect a new map by February 19. If he does not, then the State Supreme Court will oversee the drawing of a new congressional district map.

"The original map was fundamentally unfair in a multitude of ways and, from the court's orders and majority opinion, it is clear the gerrymandering of the current map went beyond manipulating the shape of the districts", the statement said.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are approaching a court-imposed deadline to redraw the state's map of congressional districts that was thrown out on grounds it unfairly helped Republicans. "It's now up to the Governor to weigh in, which can bring an end to the confusion for Pennsylvanians, who will be casting votes in primary elections in just a few months".

But in the newly proposed map, those lines have moved, and she would live outside the district.

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The newly-drawn political map was ordered on January 22 by the state Supreme Court, which invalidated the existing congressional district boundaries as an illegal gerrymander created by the Republican-controlled state legislature.

"While the court's order did not appear to allow for two individuals to draw a map on behalf of the entire General Assembly, Governor Wolf will review Speaker Turzai and President Scarnati's submission in consultation with the experts retained by the administration to determine his next course of action", the statement said.

The 15th district would be condensed to Lehigh and Northampton counties, as well as most of Carbon County.

February 9th, 2018, state republican leaders delivered on deadline their plan for what could become a new congressional map for Pennsylvania. Wolf said he would consider his options if the map were not the result of a "bipartisan process".

Up until now, Democrat Judy Herschel has been campaigning in the 10th Congressional District. In Pennsylvania, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania has been involved in trying to change the process of redistricting since the early 1990s through periods of both Democratic and Republican party control.

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