February 9, 2018
The Legislative plan delivered to the Governor today is a Congressional District Map that complies fully with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order and opinion.
- This map minimizes split counties and county segments, and minimizes the number of political subdivisions split.
- Contains contiguous districts which are compact.
- Includes only 15 split counties (13 less than the 2011 Plan).
- Includes only 17 split municipalities (49 less than the 2011 Plan).
- This map, for population equality purposes splits only one precinct per municipality for a total of 17, and represents a significant reduction from the 27 precincts split in the 2002 map and the 26 precincts split in the 2011 Plan.
- In compliance with federal law with respect to population deviations, no district is over or underpopulated by more than one person.
- The submitted map complies with the Voting Rights Act and the concerns recently expressed by the NAACP, and the First and Second Districts in this map are substantially similar in racial composition to the 2011 Plan’s First and Second Congressional districts.
- The map does not pair any incumbent member of Congress seeking re-election in 2018 with any other incumbent member of Congress. This consideration, however, was subordinate to the districting principles as outlined in the Court’s order.
- In order to avoid confusion among the general public, this map retains 68.8% of the populations of existing districts in the same districts, which will help to reduce overall voter confusion. This retention is nearly the same for districts represented by both Republican (68.3%) and Democratic (69.8%) Members of Congress.