WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRE/WYOU) – The Supreme Court of the United States will allow a court-ordered redrawing of the congressional districts in Pennsylvania to proceed.
On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected appeals from Republican lawmakers to stop the redrawing process. Last month, the state Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania’s current congressional map was ‘unconstitutional’ and that it unfairly benefited Republicans.
Incredible news coming from the US Supreme Court today. They WILL NOT interfere with redrawing PA’s Congressional map. – @PaSenateDems
Shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision was announced Governor Tom Wolf released a statement.
“The U.S. Supreme Court correctly recognized that there is no reason to delay implementing the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order. Now, all parties must focus on getting a fair map in place. Gerrymandering is wrong and we must correct errors of the past with the existing map. My team is ready, willing and able to work with the General Assembly to ensure a new map is fair and within the clear orders given by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.” – Governor Tom Wolf
Pennsylvania lawmakers redrew the maps in 2011 after the 2010 census. Since then, Republians have won in 13 of the state’s 18 districts.
The state court gave state lawmakers until February 9th to redraw the districts and submit their proposal to the governor. Governor Tom Wolf has to submit the plan to the courts by February 15th. The new congressional map will be used for the May 2018 primary.