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Redistricting, explained: What it is, how it works, and how Pa. politicians get to draw their own maps

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Pennsylvania’s current congressional map, as redrawn by the state Supreme Court in 2018. It’s a year ending in one, so politicians across America are once again busting out their sharpies and spreadsheets to divide up voters in the once-a-decade redrawing of Pennsylvania’s congressional and legislative boundaries.

Redistricting and its cousin, gerrymandering, are more common terms to hear in recent years. But don’t be worried if you haven’t heard of them before.

Understand them, and you will better understand the next decade of American, and Pennsylvania, politics. Here’s our best shot at telling you what you need to know. So, what is redistricting?

Redistricting happens every ten years, after the U.S. Census. The census tells us how much the populations have grown, and where those people are.

Then, the boundaries of legislators’ electoral districts, whether you are a congressperson, a state representative, or a city councilor, are redrawn to match the new data —changing who they represent and who who votes for them. The answer, redistricting reform advocates say, is in the accuracy of the count.

In total, Pennsylvania’s lawmakers will be drawing three maps with a cumulative 270 districts — 17 congressional districts, 50 state senate districts, and 203 state house districts.Congressional districts […]

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