This article is part of a yearlong reporting project focused on redistricting and gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. It is made possible by the support of Spotlight PA members and Votebeat, a project focused on election integrity and voting access.
HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania redistricting panel wants to hear from the public about its proposed state House and Senate maps.
The maps were created by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, a five-person panel composed of the top leaders from the General Assembly and an independent chair.
The public can provide feedback online or at meetings until Jan. 18. The panel then has 30 days to consider the comments before voting on a final map, which could be challenged in court. The state’s congressional map is created and approved in a separate process.
Here’s how you can get involved:
Attend or watch a meeting
The Legislative Reapportionment Commission held four meetings the week of Jan. 3 to accept feedback on the maps.
Thursday, Jan. 6 from 3–5 p.m.: Watch the hearing
Thursday, Jan. 6 from 6–8 p.m.: Watch the hearing
Friday, Jan. 7 from 9–11 a.m.: Learn more here
Friday, Jan. 7 from 1–3 p.m.: Learn more here
Additional meetings will be held on Jan. 14 and 15.
Friday, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Sign up to speak in person or virtually
Friday, Jan. 14 from 2–5 p.m.: As of Jan. 7, speaker registration was not open.
Saturday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m.–noon: Sign up to speak in person or virtually
The Legislative Reapportionment Commission is accepting testimony through its website. Comments are posted publicly.
Spotlight PA hosted a virtual event on Thursday, Jan. 6 at noon to break down the maps, how they could shift political power, and their potential impact on Pennsylvanians.
The news organization has also launched an online tool that allows Pennsylvanians to compare their current and proposed districts.
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