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The Fight Doesn’t End, Redistricting Reform Will Move Forward

On Monday, June 25th the Pennsylvania legislative assembly adjourned for what is probably the final time until September without passing redistricting reform legislation. During recent weeks heavy activity was focused on attempts to pass a redistricting bill to improve the process of drawing congressional and legislative maps in Pennsylvania.

Gina Cerilli, Westmoreland commissioner, joins Pittsburgh law firm

Sims said it is not unusual for elected officials, including many in the state Legislature, to hold jobs as lawyers in addition to their positions as state representatives and senators.

Some worry PA court’s congressional map dilutes black votes

Common Cause Pennsylvania's Executive Director Micah Sims said his organization, and the NAACP, are currently considering whether to contest the map on the grounds it might violate the Voting Rights Act.

Court unveils district map

Micah Sims, executive director of Common Cause in Pennsylvania, said that Supreme Court appears to have successfully followed its own directions given to the Legislature in an order in January describing how congressional districts should look.

New Pa. congressional map raises concern for some, hope for others

"The State Supreme Court redrew Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts after a 2017 lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters and other petitioners argued the previous map gave an unfair advantage to Republicans."

Comparing congressional map submissions

Sims points to the state's third largest county, Montgomery, which is split into four districts in the Republican map. "The Governor in his map seemingly leaves it as one congressional district, with a little bit of it going into another district. Which makes sense," said Sims.

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