Every 10 years, after each national census, the Pennsylvania Legislature redraws the boundaries of our Congressional, state House and state Senate districts. The original goal of redistricting was to ensure voting districts remain equal in population, so that every vote counts. But politicians manipulate that process for political advantage instead of fair representation. It’s time to put voters first.
Fair Districts PA is a coalition of citizens and organizations working to ensure that political district maps are drawn in a fair and transparent way through a process that allows voters to choose their legislators rather than legislators choosing their voters. With leadership from Common Cause PA and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, groups from across the state have endorsed strong redistricting principles and passed resolutions in support of redistricting reform.
Because of political manipulation of electoral boundaries, very few of Pennsylvania's electoral districts are considered competitive. In fact, a growing number of PA candidates now run unopposed - many with no opposition in either the primary or general election. When candidates run unopposed their constituents lose the ability to hold them accountable.
The coalition has voted to endorse two companion bills, Senate Bill 484, introduced by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh County) and House Bill 1835, introduced by Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe County). Both bills would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish an independent citizens redistricting commission with clear standards to ensure public input and a fair, non-partisan outcome.