Editor’s Note: We wanted to bring you a message from Fair Districts PA, a nonpartisan nonprofit with which we are affiliated. The subject? Gerrymandering and Jerry Mandering.
We are happy to announce PA Message from Jerry Mandering, a short video created in partnership with redistricting reform groups in several other states. Share it as widely as you can and encourage others you know to join us in our public education efforts.
Senators Lisa Boscola (D-District 18) and Mario Scavello (R- District 40) continue to gather co-sponsors for Senate Bill 22, an amendment of the PA Constitution which would create an independent citizens commission with strong standards for transparency and prohibitions against use of partisan data. Senator Boscola recently created a redistricting page on her website with links to a description of the bill and to a memorandum of endorsement. That site will have a link to the bill as soon as it’s introduced.
We are encouraging calls, letters and visits to our state senators asking them to co-sponsor SB 22. On our updated Contact Your Legislator page you can find links to a sample letter, talking points, a spreadsheet showing current co-sponsors and other helpful materials.
If you’re planning a visit to your legislator, we’ve created a form you can use to request more detailed information. Another form provides room to report back anything you think would be helpful. Both can be accessed through links on the Contact Your Legislator page.