Redistricting Delaware County

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Having recently spent some time in Delaware County, it caused me to review how Delaware County was impacted by the now overturned Redistricting maps and compare this to the Holt evidence.

Delaware County Up Close (pdf, 4MB) uses Delaware County as the illustration for explaining the redistricting process. It also shows the difference between the map created by the Commission and the evidence in the Holt Plan.

Perhaps most striking is how Delaware County might serve as a microcosm of the statewide issue of excessive splits. It is notable in both the Senate and House.

In the Senate, Delaware County is divided between 4 instead of 3 districts. The Commission even split two municipalities — the only ones divided in the entire state other than Pittsburgh and Philadelphia which exceed the size of a Senate district.

In the House, the excessive divisions grow even more striking. 16 places are split into 33 pieces when meeting the law only requires the dividing 2 places into 5 pieces. And although complying with the law required no wards to be split, the Commission severed 10 into 21 fragments.

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Amanda began delving into the subject of redistricting in October of 2010 on her quest to know why. Helped by a love of puzzles, attention to detail, and a great deal of persistence, her efforts eventually led her to a historic victory before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She documents her journey at AmandaE.com, inspiring others through numerous presentations across the state. The recipient of several honors, her work has also been featured in every major Pennsylvania newspaper, making headline news in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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