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Gerrymandering: Beyond the Political Hyperbole


Oct 3, 2019




Teresa Shaak



A non-partisan look at redistricting to help you understand how the maps are drawn and how it impacts your coverage and community.

The issue of legislative redistricting (and more frequently, its extreme version – gerrymandering) has been top of mind in recent years. Pennsylvania’s General Assembly is charged under the U.S. and State Constitutions with revisiting state and Congressional legislative districts after each National Census every ten years. And just this summer, the United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling declining to find federal jurisdiction over state redistricting, punting the issue squarely back to the states to sort out on their own, at least for now.

Today, in an era of heated political rhetoric and hyper-partisanship, the public and the courts have turned their attention to what considerations should and should not go into drawing the new maps, who should draw them, and how they may be reviewed for fairness.

Draw The Lines PA , a nonpartisan civic education and engagement initiative created by the Committee of Seventy, the Philadelphia-based good government group, has brought the legislative data and the mapping technology to the people in an innovative, multi-year competition for high schoolers, college students and adults.  Draw The Lines PA staff will present a legal and factual overview of redistricting and a tour of the Draw The Lines PA digital mapping platform and contest.

Appropriate for reporters as well as editors.

Registration is free for PNA and PSNE members.  $20 for non-members.  Provided by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation in association with Draw The Lines PA.

This webinar is scheduled to begin promptly at 12 noon and will conclude in less than an hour.  Registrants must have both a computer and phone in order to participate.  Gather together in one room and have lunch and learn!

To register, email foundation@pa-news.org or phone (717) 703-3003. Participation instructions will be emailed one to two days before the session.


October 3, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation
Draw The Lines PA