Pennsylvania Governor Rejects GOP’s New Congressional Map

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf rejected the new congressional map submitted by the Republican-controlled legislature as unfair.

In a statement on Tuesday, Gov. Wolf said the new congressional map is another partisan gerrymander. It does not comply with the court’s order and the traditional requirements under the state’s Constitution.

Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, the state Supreme Court explained that the new congressional map must be:

  • composed of compact and contiguous territory
  • as nearly equal in population as practicable
  • do not divide any county, city, incorporated town, borough, township, or ward except where necessary to ensure equality of population

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

Gov. Wolf said, “Partisan gerrymandering weakens citizen power, promotes gridlock and stifles meaningful reform.”  The governor noted the comments of non-partisan analysts that the new congressional map still maintains partisan advantage favoring Republicans.

Additionally, the governor said, “Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional.”

Pennsylvania GOP’s new congressional map is extremely bias

Based on the analysis of Professor Moon Duchin, the new congressional map is “extremely and unnecessarily, partisan.”