Episode 39: There’s a reason PA’s congressional maps are weird

There are various factors that make PA particularly susceptible to gerrymandering.

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By just about every measurement you can make, Pennsylvania is particularly susceptible to gerrymandering.

At least, that was PA Post reporter Emily Previti’s conclusion after taking an extremely detailed look at the factors that lead to gerrymandering in various states.

Pennsylvania is one of the only states that doesn’t have standards like compactness or contiguity baked into its congressional reapportionment rules. Its campaign finance laws are opaque, it doesn’t allow open primaries, and it doesn’t let voters decide policy by ballot referendum.

Emily joins us this episode to explain why these factors, and many others, make the commonwealth vulnerable to partisan mapmaking.

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