Maps Matter! How Gerrymandering Affects Our Elections
Speaker: Suzanne Broughton, former president of the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh and a former member of the board of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, Democrats hold a 4 to 3.2 advantage in voter registration. In a recent election, Democrats won all the statewide offices, receiving 80,000 more votes than Republicans, but Republicans won 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Democrats won 5. The reason is Gerrymandering – legislators drawing strangely shaped districts to favor one party. An organization called Fair Districts PA thinks the redistricting system is bad for everyone, including the winners, and is working to change it.