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Let citizens help draw district boundaries: Letter to the Editor

Posted 5/2/18

Is the plumbing working right related to the pipes of Pennsylvania democracy?

It took awhile (three election cycles, 2012, 2014 and 2016) to show the evidence of a legal term called …

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Let citizens help draw district boundaries: Letter to the Editor

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Is the plumbing working right related to the pipes of Pennsylvania democracy?

It took awhile (three election cycles, 2012, 2014 and 2016) to show the evidence of a legal term called “entrenchment.” However, the courts found it.  Pennsylvania truly is one of the worst gerrymandered states in the United States.

I attended two public meetings in March and listened, in each, to three citizen commissioners from a state where an independent citizens commission is successfully drawing the voting boundaries.

I spoke with two of the citizen commissioners (a Republican and an independent) and learned of the transformative  nature of that commission and its work.

Our state Senate (Mr. Mike Folmer) and House (Mr. Tom Mehaffie) need to act before July 1 in support of an independent citizens commission to draw voting boundaries or we will continue to have three to five Pennsylvania politicians determining the gerrymandered voting boundaries for a decade (2020 to 2030).

Someone is always not going to like a map however a map drawn by motivated citizens is my preference to a map drawn by a group of politicians.

Don Hossler

Middletown