Wolf rejects GOP redraft of Congressional districts map

South Carolina’s current congressional districts

Wolf sent a letter to Republican leaders on Tuesday, stating the map "does not meet the demands of the people of Pennsylvania, the [Supreme] Court's orders and majority opinion, or the Pennsylvania Constitution".

The move comes less than a month after the state Supreme Court ruled that the 2011 maps were unconstitutionally slanted to protect the interests of Republican candidates and unfairly diluted the rights of Democratic voters.

In response to a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's congressional map, the court ordered lawmakers to send Wolf a new map by February 9.

Wolf's Office said it would still review the maps submitted by the GOP.

"Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional", Wolf said, which is why he rejected it.

If Wolf and Republican lawmakers can't come to an agreement, the state Supreme Court will redraw the boundaries itself. But failing that, he said, the governor is considering submitting his own recommendation for redoing the maps, he said.

"The whole foundation is flawed", Carroll said Saturday, adding that State House and Senate Democrats and Republicans need to work together to create the new districts.

"Pennsylvania Republicans have drawn a new congressional map that is just as gerrymandered the old one", the Washington Post wrote, in a quote provided by Wolf.

It amazes me how many people don't know who their member of Congress is but it is exactly because of this kind of political machinations.

Under the existing map, Trump won 12 of the state's 18 congressional districts, Clinton, six.

While Democrats outnumber Republicans among registered voters in Pennsylvania, Republicans have won 13 of the 18 congressional seats in the three congressional elections since the map went into service.

"Also looking at the new map was a redistricting expert at the University of Florida, Brian Amos, who says ".There was still a strong Republican bias, which is why the congressional and State Senate plans were struck down for being gerrymanders".

The governor took issue with Republicans' argument that their map minimizes the "confusion factor" by leaving 70 percent of voters in the same congressional district.

"If they want to take that feedback and use it to amend what they've done, that's really up to them", he said. If the governor rejects the map, the court will draw one to be used for the primary election on May 15.

If Wolf does not OK of a new map by the end of the day Thursday, the court will hear from both parties and then adopt its own redistricting plan. They offer data suggesting that their proposed map is as compact as numerous 500 non-partisan plans that Petitioners' expert Dr. Jowei Chen presented at trial, but this is not true.

The 7th and 15th Congressional Districts would no longer include parts of Berks.

Drew Crompton, a senior Senate Republican aide involved in developing the map, said voter performance was not considered for any candidate.

"The 2011 map is the most gerrymandered map in Pennsylvania history", said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College.

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