Information about current issues of concern to all Pennsylvanians.
See the Home Page on this website for the GOOD NEWS about Governor Wolf's new Redistricting Reform Commission.
While the state legislature did not manage to pass legislation in the last session that would have changed Pennsylvania's voting map from grossly unfair to fair, Governor Wolf has created a bipartisan commission to create a way to end gerrymandering.
At this time Pennsylvania is near the very bottom of electoral fairness. In a PA House legislative proposal for HB 722, April 2017, the situation was detailed. "According to a recent study by the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP), Pennsylvania ranks third worst in the nation for the fairness of its electoral boundaries -- only Wisconsin and North Carolina scored worse. When politicians manipulate district lines to benefit themselves and their parties, the public always loses."
REMINDER: The recent court decision on redistricting is a temporary fix and only applies to the US Congressional Districts.
Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan, citizen-led statewide coalition working to create a process for redistricting that is transparent, impartial, and fair. For complete coverage of the effort, visit <http://www.fairdistrictspa.com>.
This session's legislative failure is not the end of the effort.
Suggestions for citizen action are listed on the Fair Districts website.
A number of PA municipalities have passed resolutions supporting the effort to make redistricting fair.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SOLVED THE PROBLEM
From the Montgomery County press release: The Montgomery County Commissioners have approved a contract with Dominion Voting Systems to provide a modern voter-marked paper balloting system with a verifiable paper trail that can be audited to ensure votes are being counted accurately.
In most cases, voters will use a pen to fill out a ballot and have an opportunity to check it for accuracy before submitting it to a scanner that tabulates the votes and keeps the ballot in a secure container for audits or recounts.
Between now and the May 2019 primary election, Montgomery County
Services will conduct an extensive public outreach campaign and poll worker trainings to make sure the election goes as smoothly as possible.
Videos and other voter education materials will be available online at <http://www.montcopa.org/voterservices> and will be made available at the office of state legislators, municipal buildings and libraries as soon as they become available.
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