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WATCH: A reader Q&A on redistricting, gerrymandering, and what it means for Pa. communities

by Spotlight PA Staff |

Spotlight PA on March 16 held a free reader discussion and Q&A on redistricting, gerrymandering, and why it matters to our local communities.
TIM TAI / Philadelphia Inquirer

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In 2021, a handful of politicians will wield power over one of the most consequential and overlooked aspects of our democracy: redrawing Pennsylvania’s political districts.

They can dictate who belongs in their districts, and who doesn’t; who keeps their seat, and who loses it; and who gets representation, and who gets left out. And all of that has ripple effects.

On Tuesday, March 16 at 5 p.m., Spotlight PA and our expert panelists discussed redistricting, gerrymandering, and why it matters to our local communities. Our panel included:

  • Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA’s redistricting, census, and election reporter

  • Salewa Ogunmefun, executive director of Pennsylvania Voice

  • Robert Saleem Holbrook, executive director of the Abolitionist Law Center.

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