Harrisburg, PA – It was the first decision of its kind on Monday when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overthrew the 2011 Congressional district maps with a 5-2 vote, saying that those maps had been gerrymandering and were discriminatory against Democrats.
With how the map had been drawn, the GOP had consistently held 13 of the state’s 18 congressional districts, despite the fact that slightly more people are registered as Democrat than Republican in Pennsylvania.
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As of November 2017, 4,032,442 Pennsylvanians were registered as Democrat and 3,223,524 were registered as Republican. Click Here to see the full breakdown of where people are registered.
House Speaker Mike Turzai, a Republican, says the unprecedented decision by the PA Supreme Court has certainly thrown the election process in Pennsylvania for a loop.
Senator John Yudicak, a Democrat, says he believes a new map would represent Pennsylvania more accurately.
According to Michael Li, from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, this was the first time that this has happened. The ruling in the Pennsylvania court could serve as a model for other states.
The General Assembly has until Feb. 9 to submit a new district plan to Gov. Tom Wolf. The court has ordered that a new district plan be in place by Feb. 19, in time for primary elections coming up in May.
Current Congressional districts map since 2011:
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