Yes. Our lawsuit will create a far more level playing field for all parties. The party in control will have some ability to massage voting districts, but widespread gerrymandering to keep a party out of control will be a thing of the past.
The League of Women Voters filed a gerrymandering lawsuit in Pennsylvania in June of 2017. The suit lays out a strong case to prove that the legislature grossly manipulated district lines to ensure victory by the party in control, which represents a minority of registered voters, and asks the Court to find the districting unconstitutional.
We're going one very large step further: We're asking the Court to enforce a very specific set of mathematical rules based on the actual language of the Pennsylvania Constitution. We don't just want the Court to tell the legislature to start over -- we want the Court to provide specific rules to prevent further gerrymandering.
Our lawsuit advances a unique solution to end gerrymandering by prioritizing respect for county and municipal boundaries over absolute district population equality.
We do not know how long the gerrymandering cases now before the Supreme Court will take or what the outcomes will be. Because we are relying on the Pennsylvania Constitution, we can still end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania even if the Supreme Court rules against other gerrymandering plaintiffs.
Donate! Litigation is expensive. In addition to court and legal costs, including costs on appeal, we will be relying on sophisticated software modeling to demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed redistricting rule set and expert testimony. We need to raise a minimum of $25,000 (donations are not tax-deductible at this time).
Yes! We recommend both the complaint and Agre's well-drafted Motion in Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss filed October 31, 2017.
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We're blazing the trail for many states with similar constitutional provisions. Gerrymandered districts in Pennsylvania affect the entire country.
CCFD is a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Association (donations not currently tax-deductible).