Bucks County’s League of Women Voters remains in support of the organization’s decision to join the lawsuit claiming Pennsylvania’s Congressional Districts are “unconstitutional.”
Monday, the state Supreme Court ruled the Congressional map drawn in 2011 needed a new PA picture. Tuesday, Republican leaders asked the court to postpone the decision, along with a pending appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the fairness of other states’ maps.
WBCB 1490 AM story:
Peg Dator, the Co-President of the Bucks’ chapter, hopes the Congressional redrawn map can get done before the primary election.
“I think it’s ultimately more important that when the voters actually vote they are voting for people that can truly represent them,” Dator told WBCB.
Dator and the League of Women Voters have been working with various organizations, some fellow plaintiffs, for years on the issue. She said the League firmly feels the need for, “An independent commission to select the boundaries, not the legislators themselves.”
The League is backing House Bill 722, which calls for reapportioning and redistricting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Various Bucks’ State Reps are sponsors of the Bill. Rep. Warren took to Twitter on Monday saying, “Pennsylvania needs to take the partisanship out of drawing the boundaries for it’s 18 congressional and 253 state legislative districts.”
Dator also mentioned Senate Bill 22, which has been referred to the state government last year along with HB 722.
“The lawsuit was filed because we believe that (the Congressional districts) is really against the Constitution,” Dator said. “In order to change the way the districts are chosen there has to be a constitutional amendment.”
The League is in a “wait-see-pattern” and is focusing on the Feb. 15 deadline, which Dator thinks is possible.
“It’s not a very long period of time, but they do have a sophisticated mapping software that can be used to to do this in a more fair way.”
The redrawing will fall into the hands of the court this time, which could change the state’s Congressional map by Feb. 19 and how you vote on May 15.