Smart Talk: The state of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania

Analysis shows the risk still exists

Last year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the Commonwealth’s legislative district map as a violation of the state constitution and imposed its own as a substitute. But with the 2020 census on the horizon, the process of drawing new congressional districts will soon begin anew. 

Under current law, the Pennsylvania state legislature is responsible for developing and approving the map, but a proposal circulating at the Capitol calls for a different approach: It would establish an independent commission to draw new lines. Similar proposals have languished in recent years, though one did pass the state senate last session. 

What is the current status of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania? What will the process to draw the lines look like after the upcoming census? 

PA Post reporter Emily Previti recently examined this topic, and she joined Smart Talk to share her analysis.

Key points: 

:12 – Is PA still susceptible to Gerrymandering?

7:20 – What do other states do to prevent?

15:40 – Brennan Center for Justice

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