For years, Pennsylvania’s congressional map has been considered one of the worst cases of partisan gerrymandering in the country. While Democrats outnumber Republicans among Pennsylvania’s registered voters by about one million votes, Republicans occupy 12 congressional delegates to 5 Democrats; the GOP held 13 seats prior to Rep. Tim Murphy’s resignation in 2017.
The GOP-led state legislature’s influence on our Congressional map has had significant ramifications and disenfranchised voters. On Monday, January 22, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled this unfair advantage unconstitutional and instructed that new congressional maps be in place by February 19, 2018.
The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, issued the following joint statement on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision today on Pennsylvania’s Congressional Map:
“We commend the justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for recognizing the need fairness and genuine representation for the citizens of our Commonwealth. Our federations’ belief in the power of democracy led to our submission of an amicus curiae brief on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania union members and voters in favor of the petitioners, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania. It is our hope that in the near future Pennsylvania voters will be able to elect representatives that reflect their communities, rather than Pennsylvania politicians picking their electorate.”