LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF PA SUPPORTS REDISTRICTING EFFORTS OF PA LEGISLATURE
HARRISBURG (March 16, 2016) – The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA) commends the bipartisan, bicameral group of dedicated legislators who are working to change the way Pennsylvania districts are drawn. This effort was publically launched today at a press conference that included legislative champions and advocates from LWVPA, Fair Districts PA, and Common Cause PA.
As a member of Fair Districts PA (www.FairDistrictsPA.com), LWVPA is partnering with a growing number of organizations and individuals across the state which recognize the importance of reforming Pennsylvania’s redistricting process.
Accordingly, LWVPA enthusiastically joins Fair Districts PA in endorsing companion bills Senate Bill 484 sponsored by Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Bethlehem) and House Bill 1835 sponsored by Representatives David Parker (R – Monroe) and Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery). These bills are designed to create a fair, impartial and open process for creating legislative districts in Pennsylvania.
Susan Carty, President of LWVPA said, “The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania has been at the forefront of the fight for fair districts in Pennsylvania for decades. Fair districts are the key to make our democracy work as it should. When politicians choose their voters rather than the other way around, gridlock and voter disenfranchisement are the inevitable results.”
“No matter what issues are important to you – education, environment, taxes, healthcare –the way districts are drawn in Pennsylvania has a significant impact,” said Carty. “That is why we are so pleased that this bipartisan, bicameral group of legislative champions is committed to moving forward on the path to reform.”