It is vital for a voting to be accompanied by an explanation of why the lines are drawn the way they are. A map's narrative can explain what values a mapmaker used to complete a map and how they handled the conflicts that will undoubtedly arise.

The statement should:

  • Identify what values you (or your team) sought to prioritize, and why those values are important to you.
  • Alternatively, what values did you not consider at all?
  • Describe what input you (or your team) got on your map. This is a public process that should welcome debate. How did you incorporate other opinions on how PA's lines should be drawn?
  • Discuss what challenges you (or your team) encountered in drawing your map and how you (or your team) handled them.