The revised map of Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional election districts, as drawn by the state Supreme Court.
(Pennsylvania Supreme Court)
Pennsylvania high court issued a new constituency map for the state’s 2018 elections on Monday, the last attempt to carve out voting boundaries in time for the state May 15 primary.
The map, approved in a 4-3 decision of the Democratic majority state Supreme Court, it is expected that the Democrats a better Chance at winning seats in Philadelphia is densely populated and of moderate suburbs, where the Republicans had held seats in bizarrely contorted districts, including one called “Goofy Kicking Donald Duck.”
Republican lawmakers were expected to quickly, the challenge to argue the card to the Federal court, that legislators and governors, not the courts, to draw on the constitutional responsibility of Congress cards.
Meanwhile, members of Congress, dozens of seats of would-be candidates and millions of voters have to sort out to what district you live in, barely a month before the candidate of the deadline for the submission of paperwork.
Pennsylvania’s current congressional map, drawn in the year 2011.
(Pennsylvania Supreme Court)
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, applauded the court’s map, which he described as an “effort to remedy the Pennsylvania unfair and unequal congressional elections.”
“Over the last few months I have heard personally of thousands of Pennsylvanians, and they are sick and tired of gerrymandering, which continues to gridlock, alienated stifled the citizens and the reform in the Bud,” Wolf said in a statement. “I stand for fairness and rejected a proposed map, which is generally seen as another partisan gerrymander.”
The court ruled last month, in a 5-2 party line decision, that the area of delimitation drawn up by the GOP-led legislature are unconstitutional to put party political interests above the neutral line-drawing criteria, such as the districts of compact and elimination of local and district departments.
The Republicans won 13 of 18 seats in three straight elections under the now-card is invalid, even though Pennsylvania country divided-wide elections, often closely, and registered Democratic voters than Republicans.
The decision is the first time a state court threw out Congress in a partisan gerrymandering case, and handed a victory to the group of registered Democratic voters, which sued last June, supported in a dispute by the League of women voters.
Candidates circulating petitions can start in their new district in a little over a week, Feb. 27. Pennsylvania has seen an increase in interest in running for the Congress elected six incumbent in 2016 not running again-the most in four decades, and the Democrats, a vehement opponent of President Donald Trump.
The new card will not.for the March 13 special congressional election in southwestern Pennsylvania’s 18th District between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb
Fox News’ Bill Mears and Michelle Chavez contributed to this report. The Associated Press contributed to this report.