Thursday February 8, 2018
There's no excuse for leaving system the way it is.
The idea that the leaders of Pennsylvania's General Assembly need more instructions from the state Supreme Court is absurd ("Justices too slow in issuing full redistricting decision," Reading Eagle, Feb. 3). The court has already, and clearly, given them every instruction necessary to redraw the districts appropriately.
To comply with the order, according to the order itself, the districts must be compact and contiguous, without dividing communities and counties unless absolutely necessary in order to have reasonably equal populations. Period.
Very simple. Very clear. Very easy to implement using modern mapping programs. Push-of-a-button easy.
Any reluctance of the leadership in the state Senate or House is not because it's unclear or difficult. It's solely because they would prefer to continue rigging elections by manipulating districts.
It's time to end gerrymandering, with or without them. I urge readers to join their neighbors and tell their state legislators to co-sponsor Senate Bill 22 and House Bill 722 now.
State lawmakers must act on redistricting