The Legislative Reapportionment Commission held a public hearing to allow concerned citizens, like myself, an opportunity to provide the commission with pre-map feedback. Broadcast on PCN, you can now watch what I shared!
Fragmented townships beg the question: How do reconcile the rules of whole political subdivisions and contiguous districts? In Lancaster County, that question was no longer avoidable.
After being fractured into six little pieces for the last 10 years, Monroe County is standing up and saying no more. Will they be split again for the next 10 years? My investigation into Northeast Pennsylvania resulted in some answers.
When it came to creating minority-majority districts in the Pittsburgh area, there was already one naturally created using previous steps. But Pittsburgh had two minority districts in 2000. Would the shrinking population in Allegheny cost them a minority district?
Step 4 of the Holt Proposal sent me tracking down minority populations. The city of Allentown in Lehigh County came up as one place that needed attention. And more than one solution presented itself.
Were the districts in 2000 really as bad as what people are saying? Judge for yourself with the following map pictures.
Now that we have the big picture for the Senate, we will turn our attention to bottom line for the House districts. This overview is designed to quickly show you all 5 steps of the House proposal without all the detail.
Some of us are just big picture people and would like to know the bottom line or main idea quickly. This overview is designed to quickly show you all 5 steps of the Senate proposal without all the detail.
Step 2 involves creating regions and verifying that the new population totals are within the allowed variant range. With map and pencil in hand, I was ready to begin.
Step 1: County Apportionment We must figure out how many senators (or parts of a senator) each County receives. A large county will have a high...