Image Credit: Photo by Chris Knight, Lancaster Online

Draw the Lines participants have spoken, and Harrisburg listened.

Over 1,300 Pennsylvanians have signed DTL's petition requesting that the Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC) adopt a public application process for the fifth and final member of the commission.

On March 26th, the four current members of the LRC, the group that will be drawing Pennsylvania’s state house and senate voting districts, announced that the public can apply for this position. This person will be the commission's chair -- it is a hugely important role.

Draw the Lines applauds this move; it is one we've been trumpeting for some time.

If you are interested in applying, you can find out more details on PA's official redistricting website. You have until April 9th to submit your credentials. We've even drafted a recommended position description

280+ Pennsylvanians have already registered their interest with DTL in serving as the fifth member of the LRC. Here are just a few of the reasons why:

  • "I have been a professional political scientist in PA for over 40 years. I have co-authored multiple books on elections. Having lived in many regions in the state, I feel particularly qualified to serve on the Commission."
  • "Above all, I am loyal to democracy. I am good at balancing opposing agendas and reconciling people's points of view. I know how listen, distill, and act."
  • "I teach government to high school seniors. I vote for both Republican and Democratic candidates. I am a student of both the national and state constitutions."

Those sound like great reasons to us.

We encourage the LRC to give serious consideration to the everyday Pennsylvanians who will submit their application. 

Make sure you apply using the LRC's official application process. Then let us know if you are applying by filling out the form below, and we will share our list with the LRC too.