US Pennsylvania governor rejects Republican-drawn congressional map

20:25  13 february  2018
20:25  13 february  2018 Source:   Reuters

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Pennsylvania ’s Democratic governor has rejected a congressional map proposed by top Republicans in the state legislature to replace a heavily Turzai and Scarnati have stated that they may challenge a court- drawn map or pass a new one to override it. The ongoing battle has national

(Reuters) - Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf rejected a Republican - drawn congressional map on Tuesday as unfairly skewed toward protecting Republican candidates, likely putting the state's top court in charge of creating new boundaries.

a group of people posing for the camera: FILE PHOTO: A voter leaves the polling booth during the U.S. presidential election in Philadelphia © REUTERS/Charles Mostoller/File Photo FILE PHOTO: A voter leaves the polling booth during the U.S. presidential election in Philadelphia Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf rejected a Republican-drawn congressional map on Tuesday as unfairly skewed toward protecting Republican candidates, likely putting the state's top court in charge of creating new boundaries.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court invalidated the existing map last month as an unconstitutional gerrymander, ruling that Republican lawmakers had marginalized Democratic voters in an effort to win more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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"The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander," Wolf 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."

The court's Democratic majority had given Wolf until Thursday to decide whether to accept or reject the new map submitted by Republican leaders late on Friday. With no deal in place, the court has said it will undertake the process of drawing new lines itself, with help from an independent redistricting expert.

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Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave a big boost to that effort by ruling the state's congressional map was unconstitutionally Even though the U.S. Supreme Court is controlled by Republicans who seem partisan at times in favor of Republican - drawn maps , I wouldn't count on it.

HARRISBURG, Pa . (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will not submit a new Republican - drawn map of Pennsylvania ’s congressional districts to the The governor ’s office retained a mathematician with an expertise in redistricting, Moon Duchin of Tufts University, to review the GOP-drawn map .

Legal battles are playing out in several U.S. states over partisan gerrymandering, the process by which district lines are manipulated to favor one party over another. Pennsylvania has long been seen as one of the worst offenders, with one of its more oddly shaped districts described derisively as "Goofy Kicking Donald Duck."

Leaders in the Republican-controlled state legislature have said they may file a federal lawsuit challenging the state Supreme Court's authority to draw the map. The U.S. Supreme Court last week rebuffed an emergency appeal filed by Republicans.

Any new map would likely result in sitting Congress members, candidates and thousands of voters finding themselves living in a new district. The primary midterm elections are scheduled for May.

The state Supreme Court's order called for a map that prioritized compactness and avoided splitting counties and municipalities. Numerous redistricting experts have said in recent days that the proposed map remains heavily gerrymandered, despite creating more compact districts.

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  Pennsylvania Republicans Plan Another Lawsuit To Fight Fix To Gerrymandering Pennsylvania Republicans are likely to file a federal lawsuit challenging a congressional map the state Supreme Court is set to propose next week. The move signals Republicans’ determination to continue fighting a decision from the state Supreme Court that struck down the congressional map currently in place. The court said the map was designed to benefit Republicans so severely that it violated the state’s constitution.The court-drawn map was a last resort after the state Supreme Court ruled Jan. 22 that the one in place was unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania lawmakers face a court-ordered deadline on Friday to submit a new congressional map , after the existing one was struck down for being illegally drawn to benefit Republicans , a ruling that could reshape the 2018 electoral battle for Congress .

Tom Wolf is rejecting a Republican - drawn map of Pennsylvania ’s congressional districts to replace the GOP-drawn map struck down in a gerrymandering case, leaving him to make a different recommendation to the state’s high court.

Tom Wolf standing in front of a building: FILE PHOTO -- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaks on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia © REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo FILE PHOTO -- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaks on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

Wolf's office retained Moon Duchin, a mathematician from Tufts University, to analyze the Republican proposal. In a statement, Duchin said she calculated there was no more than a 1-in-1,000 chance that a map drafted to comply with the court's order would result in such a large advantage for Republicans.

"The proposed Joint Submission Plan is extremely, and unnecessarily, partisan," she said.

In a 5-2 decision along party lines, the court struck down the existing map on Jan. 22, ruling on a lawsuit filed last year by Democratic voters and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania. The court found that the current lines violate the state constitution's free speech and equal protection guarantees by depriving Democratic voters of meaningful ballots.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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