The mission of Fair Districts PA is to create fair legislative districts and a fair and transparent redistricting process in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians deserve state and federal representatives who are accountable and responsive to the citizens they serve, and a system that allows voters to choose their politicians, instead of the other way around.
Gerrymandering hurts the democratic process in many ways:
- Safe “red” and “blue” districts send more extreme candidates to Harrisburg and Washington, increasing partisan divides.
- Districts stretch over several municipalities and larger geographic areas make it difficult for representatives to maintain relationships with the communities they represent.
- Politicians in soft “red” and “blue” districts have little incentive to respond to their constituents.
NOT RED, NOT GREEN, JUST FAIR
Fair districts must:
- Adhere to all Constitution and Voting Rights Act requirements
- Make all districts as equal in population as possible within an established minimal range of deviation
- Respect city and county subdivisions, natural geographic features and communities of interest
- Encourage geographical compactness
- Not be drawn for the purpose of favoring or discriminating against a political party or candidate
Redistricting reform should:
- Assign the redistricting power to an independent commission, of which neither the commissioners nor members of their immediate families may be government or party officials
- Ensure the transparency of the process and meaningful opportunities for public participation
- Establish strict timelines for redistricting after each U.S. Census
- Address other causes of redistricting unfairness
Greater Transparency and More Public Engagement
- A user friendly website for free public access to data, maps and all redistricting information
- Multiple statewide public hearings before and after redistricting plans are approved
- Meetings that are all subject to the open meetings law. Hearings must be live-streamed, held at convent times for the public and accommodate multiple languages
- The ability to submit a redistricting plan or part of a plan which the committee must review (this applies to all Pennsylvanians)
- A written report of decisions, rationale and process
Clear and Measurable Redistricting Criteria
- Mandates compact and contiguous federal and state districts
- Adds enforceable limits on splitting counties beyond what is required by population and bans dividing voting districts
- Protects racial and language minorities against discrimination in the mapping process
- Outlaws district plans designed to protect incumbents or discriminate against political parties
- Promotes keeping communities of interest intact
THE DRAWING OF DISTRICTS MAPS BEGINS TODAY (8/12/2021)!
Today the census data needed to draw maps will be released. This impacts how your community is represented. When maps are drawn with public input, we protect the interests of our communities, not politicians!
Find out how we can get fair maps here.