HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY – (WBRE/WYOU) Gerrymandered congressional maps were one of the biggest political stories last year.
The State Supreme Court tossed out older maps then redrew their own, sending elections and campaigns into turmoil.
But can citizens do better? That was the challenge presented by a group called “Draw the Lines PA.”
A map drawing contest was open to everyday citizens. On Wednesday, the winners were announced at the Capitol.
Jesse Stowell won 2nd place.
He says he was motivated because his neighbors were represented by a different congressman, which felt wrong to him.
“It didn’t make sense that our neighbors were represented by someone different than we were when we all had the same interests,” said Stowell
The broader point of the exercise was to draw attention and transparency to the normally closed-door and partisan process of drawing electoral maps.