PA Legislature asks U.S. Supreme Court to block ruling
The state Supreme Court issued a 4-3 decision this week tossing out Pennsylvania’s current map of 18 Congressional districts and ordered the legislature to submit new maps by Feb. 9. Republican legislative leaders failed to get a stay of that decision. They have now asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the state court’s ruling.
The decision by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court found the current boundaries to be an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. The new map requires Congressional districts that are compact and contiguous. Gov. Tom Wolf then would have until Feb. 15 to approve or disapprove the new map submitted by the legislature.
The court ruling and changes to the map could throw some congressional races into limbo. New candidates who live near the current border of a district may not live in the district under a new map. Incumbents could be drawn out of their current district.
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