HARRISBURG, Nov. 13, 2012 — State Sen. Daylin Leach today renewed his call for redistricting reform, following an election where there were eight fewer Democrats elected to Congress from Pennsylvania than Republicans despite Democratic Party candidates earning 75,870 more votes for Congress than Republicans.
“The current Congressional delegation in Pennsylvania does not reflect the will of the people. The results from the latest congressional election proves that partisanship trumps fairness and balance in redistricting and a new process is needed to ensure proper representation,” said Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware). “Voters should be electing their representatives. Instead, politicians are handpicking their voters. That’s not democracy.”
Congressional maps are redrawn every 10 years drawn by an act of the General Assembly while the General Assembly is redistricted by a commission of appointed leaders and a fifth member-appointed member.
Winning Democratic candidates won by an average more than 185,000 votes, whereas winning Republican candidates won by an average of 55,000 votes.
“If this General Election has taught us anything, it’s that the will of the people is much stronger than partisan tactics,” Leach said. “Pennsylvanians deserve a political process that is fair and reflects their best interests, not the interests of one political party. We need to take a long hard look at how the state determines its districts and reform the process.”
Leach has introduced a legislative redistricting reform plan which would expand the membership of the commission and require a supermajority to pass a plan. He said that he is exploring changes that could be made to reapportioning congressional districts to make that process fairer.