Greenlee Partners

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Only in Pennsylvania...

Back to the Drawing Board...

Well, that sums it up quite nicely indeed! The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Congressional Redistricting Act of 2011, finding that the map violates the Pennsylvania Constitution and cannot be used for the 2018 Primary Election. As a result, the General Assembly has the option to submit a revised plan to the Governor no later than February 9th so Governor Tom Wolf may review and, hopefully, submit to the Court by February 15th for the Court’s consideration. In the event the lawmakers are unable to submit a plan or the Governor disapproves of the plan, the Court will proceed with its own mapping plan based on the evidence presented during the proceedings. The Court said, “…any congressional districting plan shall consist of: congressional districts composed of compact and contiguous territory; as nearly equal in population as practicable; and which do not divide any county, city, incorporated town, borough, township, or ward, except where necessary to ensure equality of population.” The exception, however, is the Special Election scheduled for March 13th for the 18th Congressional District, vacated by Congressman Tim Murphy, which will proceed under the maps adopted in 2011. Senate Republican leaders expressed their disappointment with the ruling, citing previous rulings where the Court provided months, not days, to make changes. Additionally, and to no one’s surprise, the leaders announced their intent to request a stay from the United States Supreme Court. Well, this should make Primary Day turnout FANTASTIC!

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