Pennsylvania now has the 2020 Census Data and knows it will be going from 18 congressional districts to 17. What might a new map look like? That will depend on the priorities.
The following set of maps were created to illustrate it is possible, using a minimal overall population range, to keep every municipality in Pennsylvania whole (except Philadelphia).
- All municipalities whole (except Philadelphia, which exceeds the size of a congressional district)
- Creating 2 majority minority districts in Philadelphia while minimizing the division of Philadelphia wards.
- Minimum county divisions
- Equal population (as close to zero while achieving the above goals)
- Demonstrating a variety of district configurations.
- School district boundaries
These priorities and considerations were applied to the maps as follows:
|Version||County divisions||Total Splits||Philly Ward Splits||Target Overall Population Range|
|1||No more than 14*||No more than 16||3 Wards||As close to zero as possible|
|2||Less than 14||Less than 16||2 Wards||No more than 200|
|3||No more than 14||No more than 16||2 Wards||No more than 100|
|4||No more than 14||No more than 16||3 Wards||No more than 50|
* 14 county divisions (16 total splits) seemed to be a common outcome in map configurations.
Some district configurations are interchangeable between maps.
Holt Congressional Maps
Version 1 (overall range is 13 persons)
Version 2 (overall range is 146 persons)
Version 3 (overall range is 93 persons)
Version 4 (overall range is 46 persons)
Version 1 Jurisdictional Splits
Each version achieves one majority-minority district and one minority coalition district. In a coalition district, no single minority group forms 50% of the voting age population, but collectively they do.
Version 1, Congressional District 2 Holt (ages 18+)
Version 1, Congressional District 3 Holt (ages 18+)
It is clear every municipality (other than Philadelphia) may remain whole when forming congressional districts. The law clearly allows small population variances to accommodate such an important state interest.