Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Power for Voters

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Power for Voters

Article excerpt

I would like to remind voters that Lou Barletta, the congressman who is challenging Bob Casey for the U.S. Senate, attempted to challenge a State Supreme Court decision that finally established fair geographic boundaries for congressional districts in Pennsylvania.

I joined the League of Women Voters and 17 other Pennsylvanians in a challenge to Pennsylvania's unfairly gerrymandered districts. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the districts based the Pennsylvania Constitution providing for "free and equal" elections. The State GOP leadership appealed to the US Supreme Court, which was rejected. As a result, the new map was adopted.

In an effort to undermine voters and defy the state's right to create congressional districts, Mr. Barletta appealed to a federal court to force Pennsylvania to return to the same gerrymandered map the state courts had rejected. …

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