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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down Gerrymandered Map In Big Win For Democrats

By Collin Gossel

On Monday, January 22, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected the congressional redistricting map for the 2018 midterm election, stating that it "clearly, plainly and palpably" violated Pennsylvania's constitution by favoring Republicans. 

The ruling is the most recent example of states fighting back against gerrymandering.

Gerrymandering is the act of drawing electoral districts to disproportionately benefit the political party that draws them. America is especially vulnerable to this practice because our congressional districts are drawn by state legislatures, and whichever party controls the legislature controls redistricting. Why not tilt things in their own favor? 

The only potential consequence is the district map being thrown out by the Supreme Court.