Balance of Power

The success of the system of the United States government hinges on a unique balance of power between the various branches of government. It is this delicate balance which is being called into question with the court order that came down from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Is there really anything to be concerned about?

Breakdown of a Court-Drawn Congressional Map

It appeared like no submitted map came close to meeting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order. The public was permitted to cling to this myth until Monday, February 19, 2018 when the Court released its congressional map.

Expectations of a Mapmaker

With the failure of the General Assembly and Governor to approve a map by the court deadline, it now falls to Nathaniel Persily to draw Pennsylvania’s next congressional map. This court-appointed special master is known for his skills as a mapmaker in other states. No matter how skilled, no one is perfect. How will we know if he gets it right in Pennsylvania?

Senate Splits

First Round of Maps

LRC 58 split places
Holt 27 split places
LRC 41 total splits
Holt 12 total splits

Second Round of Maps

LRC 37 split places
Holt 17 split places
LRC 20 total splits
Holt 3 total splits

House Splits

First Round of Maps

LRC 290 split places
Holt 106 split places
LRC 466 total splits
Holt 80 total splits

Second Round of Maps

LRC 221 split places
Holt 86 split places
LRC 261 total splits
Holt 61 total splits

“Indeed, the proof is strong enough that we view it as inconceivable . . . that the magnitude of the subdivision splits here was unavoidable”

— Justice Ronald Castile, Holt, Majority opinion page 78 —

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 here and 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.