Create a valid map of Pennsylvania dividing the state into 17 congressional districts using the free DistrictBuilder software platform (web-based).
Why 17? Because that’s how many districts Pennsylvania is likely to have in 2021 after the 2020 Census.
The Committee of Seventy is a nonprofit good government group based in Pennsylvania. Draw the Lines PA is a civic education and engagement initiative sponsored by the Committee of Seventy.
Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. ET on Mon, August 31. (Note: the original deadline was May 28th, but it has been extended to accommodate for challenges brought on by COVID-19.)
HOW TO SUBMIT A VALID ENTRY:
If your entry uses a Starter map, you must label your map “Starter” plus whatever you choose to name your map when you first begin. Starter maps are eligible for prizes, but must be labeled correctly.
DTL WILL SLOT MAPS IN A REGION
In this round for the youth and higher education divisions, we are dividing the state into two regions: East and West.
A student whose hometown is in one region and whose school or college is in another may choose to enter in either region (but not both; pick one).
ENTER IN ONE OF THREE DIVISIONS:
If entering in the Youth or Higher Education divisions, provide the name of your school or college on your entry form.
WINNERS AND PRIZES - YOUTH AND HIGHER EDUCATION DIVISIONS
Draw the Lines PA judging panels for each region will review all youth and higher education entries from that region. For each division, judges will pick one first-place and one second-place entry per region and division, while citing as many honorable mention entries as the judges deem appropriate based on their sole discretion.
First- and second-place winners from each region and division will then be judged statewide. From all regional winners, a Draw the Lines PA statewide panel will select one (1) statewide grand prize winner and one (1) statewide second place winner for each division.
It is within the statewide panel’s discretion to choose as statewide grand prize winner an entry that took second place in the regional judging.
Statewide grand prize and runner-up winners from previous Draw the Lines congressional competitions (fall 2018, spring 2019, fall 2019) are not eligible to win prizes in the spring 2020 congressional mapping competition. They are still eligible to participate in the state legislative redistricting competition; see below. This does not include individuals or teams who have won regional prizes only; they are still eligible to compete for statewide congressional prizes.
Regional winners (each division):
1st place: $500
2nd place: $250
Honorable mention: A share of a $750 pool, the amount up to the sole discretion of the regional judging panel.
Grand prize: $5,000
2nd place prize: $2,000
WINNERS AND PRIZES - ADULT DIVISION
A Draw the Lines PA judging panel for each region will review all adult entries from across the Commonwealth, regardless of division. Judges will select one (1) statewide grand prize winner and one (1) statewide second place winner. Note: there is no regional distinction for adult entries in the Spring 2020 competition. All maps will be placed directly in the statewide competition.
Statewide grand prize and runner-up winners from previous Draw the Lines competitions (fall 2018, spring 2019, fall 2019) are not eligible to win prizes in the spring 2020 congressional mapping competition. They are still eligible to participate in the state legislative redistricting competition; see below. This does not include individuals or teams who have won regional prizes; they are still eligible to compete for statewide congressional prizes.
Grand prize: $1,000
2nd place prize: $500
DTL reserves the right to reapportion some of the prize money for the adult category to other categories if the total number of entries in the adult category is 10 or fewer. The amount to be reapportioned is up to the sole discretion of the Draw the Lines staff.
STATE LEGISLATIVE COMPETITION
DTL will award two (2) $1,000 grand prizes and (2) $500 2nd place prizes in the state legislative competition, one each for the State House and State Senate categories. DTL reserves the right to combine these two categories for purposes of awarding prizes if the number of entries for either category is low.
Statewide grand prize and second place winners from previous Draw the Lines congressional competitions are eligible and encouraged to enter this competition. Statewide winners from the fall 2019 state legislative competition are not eligible to enter the legislative competition again in spring 2020 in the same category in which they won an award in 2019. For example, if you won an award in the State Senate competition, you would only be eligible to enter into the State House competition.
These awards will be judged by a Draw the Lines steering committee judging panel, using a similar rubric as the congressional mapping competition. Please see the Draw state legislative districts page for more details.
The state legislative competition is being conducted on Dave’s Redistricting App (DRA). Draw the Lines has no control over the functionality of the DRA platform, and therefore is not liable for any malfunctions, loss of data, outages, or any other mishaps that may occur on this external platform.
STATE AWARDS EVENT
Statewide winners, regional winners, and regional honorable mentions will be honored at an event in Harrisburg in the early fall of 2020. This includes all members of a team entry who are named on the entry form. To claim their prizes, statewide grand-prize winners should plan to attend the statewide event. All honorees may apply to Sponsor for stipends to cover the cost of individual or team travel to the Harrisburg event (e.g. auto mileage, tolls, parking, bus or train fare).
Stipends will be awarded based on an evaluation of need, upon the sole discretion of the Sponsor. To apply for a travel stipend, contact Sponsor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maps will be judged by Draw the Lines PA steering committee panels based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria.
Here are the metrics that will be evaluated by DistrictBuilder, and the median and range from the Fall 2019 competition:
Here is the judging rubric that will be used on both the regional and state level to determine winners:
1. Look of the map (20%) - At a glance, does the map follow some logic? Does it offer reasonable or even clever solutions to the challenges posed by the state’s geography and unequal distribution of population?
2. Map metrics (30%) - Each mapper had to declare which metrics they prioritized in their map. Does the map achieve its stated goal(s)? It’s important to note that DTL is not favoring any one goal over another. The question for judges here is: Does this map do well what it set out to do?
3. Personal statement (30%) - Does the statement clearly explain the goals and thinking that went into the map? Does it say anything distinctive, perceptive, memorable? Does it show any creativity or extra effort?
4. Outreach and dialogue (20%) - Were the map and statement based on any democratic dialogue or outreach by the mapper(s)? Dialogue among members of a team can count here.
REPORTING THE WINNERS:
Statewide winners and honorable mentions will be notified using the contact information provided on the entry form. A secondary school teacher whose classes or students enter via a master logon will be the person notified.
Draw the Lines PA will announce the winners on its website, drawthelinespa.org, via its social media channels and through releases to the news media. Entering the competition constitutes consent to participate in media coverage. If winners are minors, Draw the Lines PA will seek express permission to share personal contact information with media.
The decisions of the Draw the Lines judging panels and the Committee of Seventy are final and binding as to all entrants.
All entrants agree that the Sponsor, and Sponsor’s authorized representatives, may use each entrant’s name and likeness and entry, without compensation, for purposes of announcing the winners and for promotion of the results of the competition and otherwise to promote the Sponsor’s Goal.
Further, each entrant agrees that the Sponsor shall have all right to promote and use each entry, with or without attribution, into this Competition for furthering Sponsor’s Goal to promote the creation of a map of congressional districts without gerrymandering.
WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO ENTER:
Before being awarded any prize, proof of identity, age and legal residence in Pennsylvania, and parent or guardian consent, if applicable, may be required, as well as providing the entrant’s taxpayer identification number for any Statewide winners and Statewide Runner-up winners. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disqualification. All such documents shall be deliverable within ten (10) business days of notification. Digital submission is allowed. If these requirements are not met, an alternative winning entry may be chosen until a qualifying winning entry meeting all of the requirements specified in the Competition Rules is chosen.
Each entrant is responsible for any federal, state or local taxes that may be due and owing on any prizes awarded to any entrant.
RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION
By applying to enter and entering the Competition and/or accepting any Prize, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor, and its officers, directors, employees, contractors, and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) will not be liable for any claims, losses, liabilities, damages (including, without limitation, personal injury or property damage), or any related costs and expenses (including, without limitation, legal fees and disbursements and costs of investigation, litigation, settlement, judgment, interest, and penalties) (“Losses”) arising from, related to, or connected in any way with any loss or personal injury, including, without limitation, death, sustained by entrant, or any person or entity claiming on behalf of entrant, arising from, relating to, or connected in any way with entrant’s entry or participation in the Competition or recognition events, winning of any Prize, or use of any Prize, even in the event of negligence or fault of any of the Released Parties. Entrant assumes full responsibility for any Losses which may occur to entrant, or any person or entity claiming on behalf of entrant, arising from, relating to, or connected in any way with entrant’s participation in the Competition, award of any Prize, or use of any Prize. Entrant hereby releases and waives all of the Released Parties from any claims alleging Losses, whether existing now or arising in the future that in any way relate to the Released Parties’ performance in this Competition. Entrant further agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Sponsor, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, and agents from and against any and all claims, actions, demands and liabilities, including those raised or brought by third parties, and any costs and expenses, including, without limitation reasonable attorney and professional fees and costs, and other expenses of any nature incurred in the investigation and defense of any claim resulting from any breach of any provision of the Competition Rules by an entrant.
FORCE MAJEURE OR OTHER UNCONTROLLABLE EVENTS:
If a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event occurs that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, and affects the fairness and/or integrity of this Competition, Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, change or suspend this Competition. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error.