In a functioning democracy, each citizen is afforded equal representation. That would mean that if one million people in a state vote Democrat and one million vote Republican, then that state’s representatives would be split 50/50, in accordance with how the citizens voted. Pennsylvania should see such an alignment, as roughly an even number of people vote Republican and Democrat.
However, in the way that the Republican leadership has drawn the districting map, they have a 13:5 advantage over the Democrats. This ensures that in every subsequent election, the voting is skewed so that the Republicans maintain control of our government, even if more people vote Democrat. It would also lend itself to career politicians such as Daryl Metcalfe approving glaringly unfair redistricting maps just to protect their seats; they can rest easy knowing that no matter how badly they do their job, the party numbers will work in their favor anyway.
I am passionate that all Pennsylvanians – regardless of party affiliation – should be represented fairly. That is why I support any legislation that would put in place a true election grid, which would ensure that never again will one party unfairly control the state government.