Coming in 2018: Draw the Lines, Pennsylvania’s first statewide redistricting competition

PA12th and 7th
PA’s 12th (left) and 7th (right) Congressional districts. Ask yourself: do these boundaries make sense? (Graphics retrieved from Wikipedia)

Voting is the most fundamental act of American democracy. But do you ever stop to think about the boundaries for the districts from which we elect our representatives? How are they drawn? And when they are drawn by politicians, do they really represent voters’ best interests? It is akin to having a job applicant choose the location and time of their interview with a prospective employer and what questions the employer can ask. And regardless of their answers, the applicant gets the job anyway.

This periodic process of determining where our district boundaries are drawn, known as redistricting, shapes government on a local, state, and national level. Pennsylvania’s current and future voters should control the process through which they “interview and select” their elected officials as employees of their government.

Join us in 2018 for Draw the Lines, a nonpartisan, statewide mapping competition to put the same digital tools used by the political pros into the hands of Pennsylvania’s voters and students. Working together, citizens can create a process that produces better maps and a renewed sense of civic engagement among Pennsylvanians.

You can get started on the push now. Sign up and we’ll send you details on how to get involved.