Your one-stop guide to how gerrymandering works and how to fix it.
It's divided into three sections:
Written by Chris Satullo | Illustrated by Rob Tornoe
Think of gerrymandering as the bug in the operating system of democracy. It prevents government from working the way Madison and Hamilton envisioned. It spawns gridlock, hyper-partisanship and voter apathy. And our state is the first chapter in that sad tale.
For years, attempts to reform gerrymandering in PA have sadly re-enacted the classic Peanuts comic strip. It happened again this year. But the lay of the political land in Harrisburg has changed since 2011 in ways that offer grounds for hope.
Draw the Lines offers a hopeful message to many young people: The digital skills that come to you as naturally as breathing are just what's needed to fix the mess your parents and grandparents have made of democracy. The biblical prophet Isaiah would agree.
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Draw the Lines PA is dedicated to demystifying gerrymandering, debunking the myths that have grown up around it, and sharing the best ideas for reform that have emerged all around our republic. We think the best way to prove that voters are capable of playing a bigger role in redistricting is for them to make their own, valid maps and share them with elected officials. And we think it's important to tell the small, inspiring stories of people from all over who've decided to say, "Enough.," who are giving of their time and talents to make our democracy work according to our best ideals, not our worst instincts.
The Amanda Holt Story: The Power of One
Watch this video if you’re skeptical about regular people’s power to slay the gerrymander. Nothing about Amanda Holt said reformer, yet she sent tremors through Pennsylvania politics.