Pennsylvania is likely to lose at least one congressional seat in 2021 when districts are redrawn thanks to the census. And a speaker on March 11th will discuss how PA can prevent gerrymandering for the next decade.
The League of Women Voters of Bucks County is hosting Tony Crocamo at the Middletown Township Municipal Building from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Crocamo, of Fair Districts PA, will explain pieces of legislation designed to create an independent commission to direct redistricting.
Gerrymandering, the process of drawing districts to suit the needs of one political party, has been a hot topic in PA the past few years. On Dec. 29, 2017, the League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit claiming the districts were unfairly drawn in Pennsylvania. Less than a month later, the Supreme Court ruled in their favor.
With the 2020 census showing population shifts throughout the state, there is a need for new district maps. These may affect sitting representatives in Congress, the state House, and the state Senate.
Crocamo’s presentation, “Misshapen Democracy: Why Voting District Maps Matter,” will focus on a set of bills to change the process. He and LWVBC hope these can prevent gerrymandering in the future.
The presentation will last from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Mar. 11 at the Middletown Municipal Building, located at 3 Municipal Way. A rain date is set for Mar. 18.
More information is available on the League of Women Voters of Bucks County website here.