MAPPERS TALE

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MAPPERS TALE

Apathy meets its match

Thomas Baldino has been teaching political science for 40 years, but he's never seen students engage with a project the way they did with Draw the Lines.

Slay the gerrymander. Draw the Lines, PA.

 WHAT IS DRAW THE LINES pa?

We're a nonpartisan resource for Pennsylvanians who want to end gerrymandering and improve democracy. We tell their stories, help them engage.  We offer them digital tools to draw their own election maps. Why? To prove that our state's people — whether 14, 44 or 84 — are ready, willing and able to take on this key work of democracy.  Our first mapping competition (total prize pool: $37,000) just wrapped up. A new one is underway. 

Kyle Hynes, a sophomore at the State College Area High School, was the state youth champ. | Image Credit: Rachel Franklin Photography
Team Penn State accepts award as state higher ed champ from Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh (Back row, third from left). | Image Credit: Rachel Franklin Photography
Image Credit: Rachel Franklin Photography
Philip Hensley, a political consultant and lifelong resident of Delaware County, speaks about efforts to end gerrymandering, after getting his award as statewide adult champion. | Image Credit: Rachel Franklin Photography
Statewide youth runner-up Jack Rosenthal poses with Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh. | Image Credit: Rachel Franklin Photography
Blyden Potts was statewide runner up in the adult division. | Image Credit: Rachel Franklin Photography
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VIDEO GUIDE

Committee of Seventy President and CEO David Thornburgh walks you through the basics of DTL's congressional district mapping competition, which uses our online tool, DistrictBuilder.

Citizen Stories

Amanda Holt's Story

In 2010, she was a 29-year-old piano teacher living near Allentown. Then she noticed something … off in how her home state ran elections. She got curious. Then she got mad. And Pennsylvania politics was in for an earthquake.