Drawing a New Congressional Map

Here's what the new Pa. congressional map could look like

Here's what the new Pa. congressional map could look like

Republican leaders in Pennsylvania's legislature submitted a plan for redrawing the state's congressional districts just hours before Friday's court-ordered deadline, but Democratic Governor Tom Wolf questioned whether the proposal will pass legal muster.

"While an ideal scenario would be a consensus map that can garner the support of both chambers in the General Assembly and meets the standards for fairness, it remains unclear, at this time, if the entire General Assembly will be engaged in such a bipartisan process", Wolf said. Pennsylvania Democrats claim the new map does not substantially alter this status quo.

The plaintiffs who won a 5-to-2 state Supreme Court decision last month throwing out the map said Saturday the Republican leaders' proposal divides populous southeastern counties for partisan gain. He has until Thursday to let the high court know if he supports it.

A revamped map of the 18 U.S. House districts in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state in the 2016 presidential race, could reshape the political balance in this year's mid-term electoral battle for control of Congress. If Wolf is on board, the new map will be enacted.

In Northwestern Pennsylvania, the proposed map shifts the boundaries of the third and fifth districts.

Here's what the new Pa. congressional map could look like

But top Democrats in the state House and Senate are already urging Governor Tom Wolf to reject the plan outright. Dozens held signs and called for the end of gerrymandering-the process of drawing districts to favor one party over another. Pennsylvania has always been seen as one of the worst offenders, with one of its more oddly shaped districts described derisively as "Goofy Kicking Donald Duck".

Wolf issued a statement earlier Friday that raised doubts about whether the Republican leaders' proposed map would suffice.

These districts were carved out on the congressional map after the 2010 census and approved by the general assembly.

February 9th, 2018, state republican leaders delivered on deadline their plan for what could become a new congressional map for Pennsylvania. The Republican-controlled Assembly was ordered by the court to submit a redistricting plan by February 9, and it gave Wolf - a Democrat - until February 15 to approve the plan.

House speaker Mike Turzai said " we got input from our members, and from Senate members, on the Republican side, and together the Republican Senate and the Republican House have submitted a map".

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