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Petitioning House Minority Leader Frank Dermody and 6 others

Do not allow the primaries to take place with decade old lines

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There has been a HUGE theft in Pennsylvania’s Latino community. A robbery was committed in broad day light. And what they stole is your vote.

 

Without your vote - you have no voice. You have no status with the politicians who committed this robbery. No voice to let them know what they did is COMPLETELY unconstitutional. And no ability to hold them accountable and give us the voting district our population numbers demand, under the rules of their game.

 

Don’t be taken for  another ride. They have been denying Latino voting rights for 30 years.

Tell the reapportionment commission not to allow the primaries to take place with decade old maps that are not representative of the population shifts in PA as shown by the 2010 census. Tell them that you are demanding your voice as a voter be heard and that you want your vote to count in this year’s primary elections.  

 

Sign this petition now and let Pennsylvania’s lawmakers know you are going to hold them accountable to their own laws.

 

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A federal judge has ruled that Pennsylvania's 2001 legislative district maps should be used in this year's elections because the state Supreme Court rejected a new redistricting plan.

Senior U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick says the election cycle is too far along for a revised plan to be developed and approved.

Judge Surrick doesn't want to postpone the April 24 primary because according to him, it could deprive Pennsylvanians the right to vote in the presidential primary.

Judge Surrick endorsed a state Supreme Court plan to use the 2001 legislative map, which is a huge setback for all of the citizens of Pennsylvania, especially the Latino voters of PA. There are more than 700,000 Latinos living in Pennsylvania, most of them Puerto Ricans. The cities of Philadelphia, Reading and Allentown have seen huge growth in the Latino populations in the past 10 years.

“The status quo clearly does no justice to the State’s growing Latino community such that the 2001 legislative district lines do not reflect the demographic changes that have occurred in the last ten years.” said Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

The population growth since 2001 means that using the old district lines violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If the 2010 census totals are used with the 2001 district lines, the deviations in populations will vary wildly from district to district and that makes them a gross violation of the US constitution.

For example if you use the 2010 population data in the 2001 district lines, Senate District 44, which covers portions of Berks, Montgomery and Chester, would be over-populated by more than 34,000 people. Conversely, Senate District 38, in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties would be under-populated by over 40,000 residents.
There is viable solution however, the reapportionment commission must redraw the maps in question and the date for the primaries must be moved back to allow them the opportunity to do so. Holding elections with lines that are 10 years old completely undermines the redistricting process and nullifies the need to have a census. If this atrocious interpretation of the law is allowed to come into fruition, and the primaries take place with 2001 lines, the voters of Pennsylvania will have lost their voice in a critical election year. The population shifts are so great, that the new maps, although not perfect, are more representative of Pennsylvania’s ever-changing population than the decade old maps of 2001.

 

Letter to
House Minority Leader Frank Dermody
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai
Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa
and 4 others
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi
Pennsylvania State House
Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Pennsylvania Reaportionment Commission.

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Do not allow the primaries to take place with decade old lines

Please do not allow the primaries to take place with decade old maps that are not representative of the population shifts in PA as shown by the 2010 census. I am demanding my voice as a voter be heard and want my vote to count in this year’s primary elections.

A federal judge has ruled that Pennsylvania's 2001 legislative district maps should be used in this year's elections because the state Supreme Court rejected a new redistricting plan.

Senior U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick says the election cycle is too far along for a revised plan to be developed and approved.

Surrick doesn't want to postpone the April 24 primary because according to him, it could deprive Pennsylvanians the right to vote in the presidential primary.

He endorsed a state Supreme Court plan to use the 2001 legislative map, which is a huge setback for all of the citizens of Pennsylvania, especially the Latino voters of PA. There are more than 700,000 Latinos living in Pennsylvania, most of them Puerto Ricans. The cities of Philadelphia, Reading and Allentown have seen huge growth in the Latino populations in the past 10 years.

“The status quo clearly does no justice to the State’s growing Latino community such that the 2001 legislative district lines do not reflect the demographic changes that have occurred in the last ten years.” said Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

The population growth since 2001 means that using the old district lines violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If the 2010 census totals are used with the 2001 district lines, the deviations in populations will vary wildly from district to district and that makes them a gross violation of the US constitution.

For example if you use the 2010 population data in the 2001 district lines, Senate District 44, which covers portions of Berks, Montgomery and Chester, would be over-populated by more than 34,000 people. Conversely, Senate District 38, in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties would be under-populated by over 40,000 residents.

There is viable solution however, the reapportionment commission must redraw the maps in question and the date for the primaries must be moved back to allow them the opportunity to do so. Holding elections with lines that are 10 years old completely undermines the redistricting process and nullifies the need to have a census. If this atrocious interpretation of the law is allowed to come into fruition, and the primaries take place with 2001 lines, the voters of Pennsylvania will have lost their voice in a critical election year. The population shifts are so great, that the new maps, although not perfect, are more representative of Pennsylvania’s ever-changing population than the decade old maps of 2001.

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Sincerely,