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Is State’s Redistricting Already Less Than Transparent?

The State Capital in Harrisburg.

HARRISBURG PA – The every-10-years process of changing the size and shape of the Pennsylvania’s Congressional districts, as a result of population shifts documented by the U.S. Census, was promised this year to be “open and transparent” in the state capital. Despite such pledges, The Pennsylvania Independent online news service reported Friday (March 18, 2011), back-room political maneuvering may already be at work.

Some critics charge Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township was a victim of redistricting in 2000, when it was included in the state’s 15th Congressional District. That’s generally aligned with Allentown area and Lehigh Valley interests, they claim, rather than those of the township’s natural neighbors in Limerick and Pottstown, both of which are in the 6th District.

A similar misalignment, The Independent’s story said, is being considered for at least two other districts.

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