The above map shows southeast gerrymandered Pennsylvania.
SB361 has been reintroduced in the Pennsylvania Senate. This is an amendment to the state Constitution and it changes the rules for redistricting. It takes politics out of the process and defines the shape of districts. You can read the amendment here.
(b) (1) The bureau shall acquire appropriate information,
review and evaluate available facilities and develop programs and procedures, which may include the use of mapping software, in preparation for drawing congressional and legislative redistricting plans on the basis of each Federal census.
And then there is this which clearly defines how a district is to drawn and what tool is to be used for redistricting. It also indicates which tools cannot be used for redistricting.
(2)To the extent consistent with paragraph (1), district boundaries shall coincide with the boundaries of political subdivisions of this Commonwealth. The number of counties and cities divided among more than one district shall be as small as possible. When there is a choice between dividing local political subdivisions, the more populous subdivisions shall be divided before the less populous, but this statement does not apply to a legislative district boundary drawn along a county line which passes through a city that lies in more than one county.
(3) Districts shall be composed of convenient contiguous territory. Areas which meet only at the points of adjoining corners are not contiguous.
(4) It is preferable that districts be compact in form, but the standards established by paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) take precedence over compactness where a conflict arises between compactness and these standards. In general, compact districts are those which are square, rectangular or hexagonal in shape to the extent permitted by natural or political boundaries.
(5) Districts should represent communities of interest as reflected by common economic patterns of production and
consumption, school district boundaries, cultural activities, self-identification, media coverage and other relevant demographic information.
(6) However, no district shall be drawn for the purpose of favoring a political party, incumbent legislator or member of Congress or other person or group. In establishing districts, no use shall be made of any of the following data:
(i) Addresses of incumbent legislators or members of Congress.
(ii) Political affiliations of registered voters.
(iii) Previous election results.
You can sign the petition here.
May the citizens of Pennsylvania be heard! Speak Up! Contact your state Senator and let them know that you support this amendment.