Anticipated impact

There are numerous ways the push for redistricting reform will play out over the next four years. Legislators and voters could choose to pass via legislation and approve via referendum a state constitutional amendment creating an independent redistricting commission for both state and congressional maps. If that fails, momentum could compel the state legislature to put just the Congressional mapping into the hands of an independent commission. Or statutes could be passed that encourage the current commission to adopt a fairer, more transparent process in 2021. At the moment, it is impossible to predict how these options and the many other options will play out.

Regardless of pathway, Draw the Lines aims to:

  1. Create a better process and better maps in 2021. DTL mappers will craft their maps based on a set of metrics, including (a) equitable population; (b) number of jurisdictional splits, like counties and municipalities; (c) compactness of a district; (d) the electoral competitiveness of a district; (e) honoring majority-minority districts; and (f) respecting “communities of interest”.
  2. Renew a sense of community engagement among Pennsylvanians as they shape the political system in a way that will redefine their sense of political efficacy. DTL could reinvigorate engagement in civic affairs across Pennsylvania.

Between 2018 and 2021, Draw the Lines aspires to engage 10,000 students and voters in mapping their districts.

Further, Draw the Lines could become a national model for other states to adopt, both in educating their citizens about redistricting and how to engage their population in a movement that renews their civic ethos.