Hear Me Out: Gerrymandering and Voting Districts

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Every 10 years the population is tallied in the United States Census. These numbers are used to rearrange congressional and state legislative voting districts based on their respective populations, determine House and Senate member numbers, and ensure that local and state elected leaders represent a fair number of people.

However, the redistricting process lacks criteria for drawing fair boundaries and can grant party leaders the lion’s share of decision-making power. This makes Pennsylvania vulnerable to gerrymandering–redistricting for political gain–and can cause voters to feel uncounted or unheard.

Are you being represented in your district? Check out these resources for more information about redistricting and ways to ensure that every voter has a voice.

You can also register for the ‘Hear Me Out’ Dialogue Series: How Will Election Redistricting Affect Me? to learn more about this important issue. This 90-minute virtual dialogue will feature a representative from Draw the Lines PA to discuss how to get productively involved in redistricting and fighting gerrymandering.

For more information on redistricting, check out Fair Districts PA, the Legislative Guide to Redistricting in Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Inquirer’s explainer.

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