For far too long, Pennsylvania has had the unfortunate distinction of being one of the most gerrymandered states in the country. “Gerrymandering” is the term used to describe the process in which electoral districts are designed to favor one Party over another. This hyper-partisan scheme does much to help one party over another while directly damaging Democracy and the Democratic process. Not only does this, in essence, silence voices but it also leads to a more divisive and gridlocked Harrisburg.
In 2020, our electoral districts will be redrawn with new boundaries that will last for the next 10 years. Current gerrymandering methods targets specific groups of people to make their vote count less, while making sure other people’s votes have a greater impact. When this happens, politicians end up listening to party bosses and special interest groups rather than the people they are supposed to represent.
Recently, groups of concerned citizens joined together with representatives from both sides of the political aisle to come up with a solution to this partisan problem. Unfortunately, just as it appeared a non-biased approach to redistricting may actually become a reality for Pennsylvania hyper-partisan officials (Daryl Metcalfe) stopped and dismantled this hope-filled solution.
Voting is too important to our state and nation’s well-being for us to not put an end to the hyper-partisan gerrymandering process once and for all.
We need to finally put politics aside and take a nonpartisan approach to our electoral districts. This will put faith and trust back in the voters of Pennsylvania, instead of leaving party bosses and the political elite in charge. Our districts need to be competitive so career politicians like Daryl Metcalfe no longer have “safe seats” but rather competitive positions that will require them to pay more attention to the will of their constituents and less to the special interests in Harrisburg.