Gov. Wolf rejects GOP redistricting plan

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The state Supreme Court set a Friday deadline for Wolf and the Legislature to present a new map for approval or the justices said they will draw one.

Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District would include all of Lancaster County and part of Berks County under a map state GOP legislative leaders drew to comply with the state Supreme Court's order to correct unconstitutional gerrymandering.

In a report last week to Mercer County Commissioners, the county's director of voter registrations and elections said his office's preparations for the 2018 elections are going on schedule, as long as Pennsylvania's congressional district map issue doesn't disrupt the May 15 primary.

The court gave Republicans and the governor until February 15 to agree on a map, but said it would draw a map on its own if they could not reach an agreement.

If Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf and his team create their own maps, Republicans will say the maps lean too far to the left.

If Wolf and Republican lawmakers can't come to an agreement, the state Supreme Court will redraw the boundaries itself.

Wolf said he remains open to working with the legislature and hopes the General Assembly, as a body - not just two leaders - can submit a map for his consideration.

"Across the country, 95 percent of members of the House of Representatives regularly go on to win re-election".

Wolf told [press release] the court that the proposed map still acts as a partisan gerrymander.

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As Democrats nationwide aim to make gains in the coming midterm elections, Bigham said she saw Democrats' energy in the crowds of new supporters who helped her knock on thousands of doors and make phone calls during her abbreviated campaign.

"I'd say it will cause a lot of initial confusion".

Pennsylvania's Republican-crafted 2011 map has resulted in a 13-to-5 Republican edge in Pennsylvania's congressional delegation for the past three elections. Nearly every election since then, Democratic candidates for the House have gotten more votes than Republicans, but the GOP has 9 of the 14 House seats.

The previous Gerrymandering of Congressional districts hit hardest in the Philadelphia suburbs, including Chester County, where both District 7 and District 6 were seen as deeply manipulated to maintain the seats for Republicans.

Their map splits 15 counties as opposed to 23 in the 2011 map, and 17 municipalities instead of 66.

"I think the Democrats concerns about this map are justified, because if you look at the distribution of votes in 2016, and then compare it to what that distribution of votes would be in these new districts, the Republican Party would perform just about the same", O'Connell said. All the comparable generated maps were less favorable to Republicans than the lawmakers' proposal, she found, indicating that the skewing of the Republican map unlikely was due to chance.

The new map "is indeed an extreme outlier, exhibiting a decidedly partisan skew that can not be explained by Pennsylvania's political geography or the application of traditional districting principles", she said in a

Here in Pennsylvania millions upon millions of voters are disenfranchised because of the fraudulent efforts of the Republican-controlled legislature.

The court recently struck down the 2011 GOP-drawn map as an example of partisan gerrymandering.

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