“Gov. Tom Wolf rejected a congressional map that top Republican lawmakers had proposed, saying it remains a partisan gerrymander drawn to benefit Republicans and does not comply with an order from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.”
Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the existing congressional map, which was drawn and adopted by Republicans, because it violated the state constitution guarantee that “elections shall be free and equal.” It instructed the state legislature to redraw a fair map and submit it to Governor Wolf for approval.
Instead, two Republican legislative leaders got together to draw a map that was just as gerrymandered as the previous one and submitted it to Governor Wolf without bringing it to a vote in the General Assembly.
Governor Wolf maintained from the start that he would reject any unfair map presented to him, and today he followed through on that promise. “Partisan gerrymandering weakens citizen power, promotes gridlock and stifles meaningful reform,” he said in a statement. “Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional.”
Non-partisan analysts across the country agree that the Republican proposed map is still a partisan gerrymander. Governor Wolf also enlisted the help of Moon Duchin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tufts University, for analysis of the map. She concluded that, not only did the map have an extreme partisan skew, but it was also clear that it was intentionally designed to favor Republicans. She wrote, “There is no more than a 0.1% chance that a plan drafted to comply with the Court’s factors would have been as favorable to Republicans as is the proposed Joint Submission Plan.”
Governor Wolf knows that we need to end gerrymandering to bring a voice back to the people of Pennsylvania. Replacing gerrymandered maps with new gerrymandered maps is not the way to do that. The governor will continue his fight to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians get the fair and equal elections that they deserve.