State, national groups push for new congressional maps

Open letter sent to Governor Wolf Wednesday

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Millions of Pennsylvanians are being represented by state and national groups calling for the production of new congressional maps before the Feb. 19 deadline.

 

More than two dozen groups are calling on Governor Tom Wolf to produce maps that are fair to all voters, transparently produced and maintain racial equity for communities of color.

 

These requirements were stated in a letter to governor Wolf Wednesday morning, signed by 25 groups who also called for the disclosure of data vendors and the promotion of equal opportunity.

 

In January, the state Supreme Court ruled the current maps unconstitutional on the basis of gerrymandering. The letter to Governor Wolf comes less than a day after he rejected maps submitted by Republican leaders.

 

“The Supreme Court’s recent decision to throw out the Congressional maps as being unconstitutional,” the letter said, “gives us the opportunity to level the playing field by maintaining two districts that contain a majority made up of people of color.”

 

Both of these districts include Philadelphia and are the only two comprising a majority of people of color.

 

Groups pushing for new maps include Equality Pennsylvania, the Women and Girls Foundation and POWER Northeast.


 


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