Naturally, the new state district map meets the same fate as the former one
Ever since the need to redraw the Congressional district map of Pennsylvania became a hot button topic, we have expressed concern that a rushed revision of the map would not be a good idea.
Democrats who successfully won approval of the state Supreme Court in late January for a new map seemed to prove the haste-makes-waste theory over the weekend.
After Republicans jumped through the hoop assigned them by Pennsylvania’s highest court – a new map in two weeks – their product labeled partisan by Democrats.
Democrats made the point that, under the new map, President Trump would have collected more votes in 13 of 18 districts. They called the redrawn map a “naked partisan gerrymander.”
Republicans involved in redrawn map did not consider voter performance. The criticism that the court upheld was that some districts were weirdly concocted to give the GOP an advantage in several areas. The redrawn map sought to compact the districts, limit voter confusion and abide by the Voting Rights Act.
Apparently the changes did not meet the Democrats’ expectations. And maybe the redrawn map is not the perfect Congressional district map for Pennsylvania.
And that’s the point. Redoing Pennsylvania’s Congressional district map in two weeks to the satisfaction of everyone is unrealistic. And even if it were perfect, it radically changes what candidates – challenger and incumbent alike – are eligible for what races, which the electorate will vote in only a few months from now.
This rushed process is a political accident waiting to happen.