HARRISBURG – Taking another significant step in the most transparent and accountable congressional redistricting process in Pennsylvania history, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) announced that residents can now draw and submit their own congressional district maps for consideration at paredistricting.com
“This redistricting process continues to be the most transparent process in the history of the Commonwealth,” Grove said. “So far, the House State Government committee has held an unprecedented number of public hearings and heard from Pennsylvanians of all walks of life. Now we want to see their thoughts on where the lines should be drawn.”
Residents will have nearly four weeks to submit their maps, with the new map-making tool live on the website until Friday, Dec. 3. Residents can access this feature by clicking on the “Provide Input” tab at PaRedistricting.com
. Once there, they can submit their maps or create new maps using tools on the site. Users can choose to make their maps available for public view and comment.
All maps must comply with the following criteria: population equality among congressional districts, contain 17 complete congressional districts, and adhere to the Federal Voting Rights Act. Traditional redistricting criteria, such as maintaining the integrity of political subdivisions, should also be considered.
Residents who visit PaRedistricting.com
can also view previously held hearings, read testimony, submit their communities of interest and sign up to receive email updates. To date, the House State Government Committee has held 11 public hearings, including eight regional hearings in every region of the state to receive input.
“The House of Representatives is committed to a transparent, accessible process that is accountable to the people of Pennsylvania,” Grove said. “I encourage Pennsylvanians to get involved and take advantage of this opportunity to make their voices heard.”
The U.S. Census is administrated once every 10 years to gather information, which ultimately determines how many U.S. representatives are allotted per state, based on population. Following completion of the U.S. Census, each state is to receive the data and conduct a redrawing of congressional districts to reflect equal and fair representations, known as redistricting.
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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