PA Redistricting Meeting Planned in Boyertown

BOYERTOWN PA – “Making Your Vote Count – Redistricting Reform” will be the featured presentation March 4 (2020; Monday) at 6:45 p.m. during what is labeled by promoters as a “public gerrymandering reform event” in the Boyertown Community Library, 24 N. Reading Ave.

The talk by Sally Trump and Rich Rafferty, who represent the Fair Districts PA organization in Berks and Montgomery counties, is free to attend and open to the public.

“Gerrymandering” is a term used to refer to manipulation of election district lines. Fair Districts PA supports amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to assign redistricting power to an independent citizens’ commission, rather than continue it as a primarily political exercise. It advocates that commissioners “be randomly selected from a list of qualified candidates, who would be held accountable to make the redistricting process fair, transparent and provide for meaningful public input.”

Redistricting will next occur after the 2020 census is completed. The March 4 discussion proposes to explain the problem, its possible solutions, how citizens can help.

The group contends Montgomery County, with a population of 826,075 residents, should have 13 state representatives with election districts completely inside the county. Instead, 2011 district maps produced 18 state House districts, of which six partially represent Montgomery County and an adjoining county, such as Berks, Delaware or Chester.

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