When Eric Stahl of Washington, D.C., sat down with DistrictBuilder to create his DTL map, he already knew a bunch about redistricting. But he still faced some surprisingly hard choices as he tried to craft a map that favored the compactness goal.
ICYMI: That didn't take long; partisan squabbling over new redistricting panel begins
Last Wednesday, Gov. Wolf named David Thornburgh, CEO of the Committee of Seventy and leader of Draw the Lines PA, to head a new advisory panel tasked with suggesting redistricting reforms. The commission is already caught in a partisan crossfire, as Republican leaders take aim.
The Mappers' Tale: The Waxenberg Family of Lords Valley
Michael Waxenberg of Pike County got really interested in gerrymandering during the Pennsylvania court case last winter. He was the head geek in his family, but when he enlisted his daughters to help do a Draw the Lines map, one of them asked the genius question that showed the Waxenbergs the path to their map.
Dr. Myra Gehret Forrest, a former school district superintendent, believes that the practice of gerrymandering is not just unfair but 'un-American.' She's backing Draw the Lines because she believes education is the key to a solution.
Sept. 17 was Constitution Day and Draw the Lines PA honored the nation's founding charter by joining with UPenn professor Ken Stief to talk about how gerrymandering subverts the Framers' vision. We let folks test drive our DistrictBuilder tool and get ready to draw their own maps.
A few southeast PA teachers joined Draw the Lines PA to learn how to take part in the Mapping Competition (where mapmakers can win up to $5,000) and for a happy hour and tutorial on using the free platform and curriculum in their classroom.
A lively crowd gathered at the Station Tap House to be reassured that the battle to slay the gerrymander is far from over - and to get introduced to a new weapon in the fight, the DistrictBuilder digital mapping tool. And an astonishing time was turned in by a team that pulled off the Put PA Back Together challenge.
Join Draw the Lines Team, including Chris Satullo, for food, drinks, and friendly competition to #slaythegerrymander!
Get ready to use the same mapping tools politicians use to draw election maps in our statewide competition. Learn how you could win up to $5,000 for drawing a map (in 3 different competition categories: High School, College, and Adult). This is a nonpartisan civic engagement effort that welcomes individuals from anywhere along the political spectrum!
Before the 2019-20 legislative session, FDPA is convening a Town Hall in Harrisburg to discuss various reforms to how Pennsylvania runs its government, and how to advocate for those reforms in Harrisburg and across PA.
Games were played, pizza and beer served and all left knowing more about gerrymandering and election redistricting. And most importantly, everyone left ready to draw their own congressional district map and enter it into the Draw the Lines competition.
Philadelphia Hearing - PA Redistricting Reform Commission
Share your feedback with the commission to help them prepare a report for how PA should be drawn. Then visit with Draw the Lines to learn how to draw your map and enter our competition. You can come and go at any time before 7 pm to give your testimony.