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PA Congressional Map using LACRA Provisons
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I like that the submitter used LACRA priorities to draw this map. Unfortunately, this website and mapping tool does not allow me to see all the measured criteria I'd like to review in order to ensure that these priorities were in fact met. I'm left having to trust the comments. I support LACRA requirements. My county is split, but if it is split in order to produce a map where testimony was incorporated, minority representation was maximized, and LACRA was followed, then I'm for it. I would have liked to have been able to see if these districts are competitive as PA is a purple state and that purpleness should be reflected in the districts. Competitive districts give more voice to more people and would ensure every Pennsylvanian, from the left to the right to all those in between, are represented in congress. I appreciate the opportunity to view these maps and comment, I just wish the ability to view mapping criteria was more like Dave's Redistricting website. I know many people who testified directed attention to that site and the tools used there.
This map was created to test the mapping option available on this site after hearing from others that submitted maps were not visible. It was first created on Dave's Redistricting App and transferred here. The map is drawn to demonstrate provisions & priorities as expressed in LACRA, the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act, HB 22 and SB 222. It balances constitutional requirements regarding compactness and minimal split counties and municipalities, does not split any county more than mathematically necessary plus one, and respects geographic boundaries where possible. It was also drawn to maximize minority representation, with three majority-minority districts. In interpreting compactness, the goal was not to draw neat edges, since PA geography works against that, but to avoid districts that sprawl too far across the state. The map was also drawn to incorporate testimony submitted to State Government Committees about regionality, communities of interest and other citizen concerns. The original map had a population deviation of .28% and no split precincts. Splitting precincts creates unnecessary burden on election officials and confusion for voters. This is not a major problem in precincts with small populations, but in precincts with large populations, can result in long lines and in some cases voters have been given the wrong ballot - both resulting in voter disenfranchisement.
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