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Redistricting

Seventy advocates for fair district drawing to promote free, competitive elections.

Draw the Lines PA

In September 2018, the Committee of Seventy launched Draw the Lines PA, which became the largest known political mapping competition in the country's history. Offering significant cash prizes up to $5,000, this nonpartisan contest puts the same digital tools used by the political pros into the hands of Pennsylvania’s voters and students. Draw the Lines demonstrates that voters can lead a process that produces far better maps and a renewed sense of civic engagement among Pennsylvanians. Visit DTL's website, drawthelinespa.org, to learn how you can enter your own maps into the competition.

President and CEO of Seventy, David Thornburgh, and the Redistricting Commission 

David Thornburgh's Testimony on Congressional Redistricting

David Thornburgh, Chairman of the Bipartisan Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission

David Thornburgh on the Importance of Fair Elections

What's Redistricting?

Every ten years after the federal census, states are required to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts to ensure they remain equal in population. Each state has a different way of redistricting, and in Pennsylvania, congressional boundaries are determined by the General Assembly while state House and Senate districts are drawn by a five-member bipartisan commission. See Ballotpedia's primer on redistricting for an overview of the redistricting process in states across the country. For more on Pennsylvania, see this 101 guide by the nonpartisan Fair Districts PA coalition.

Gerrymandering: Drawing Crooked Lines

In many states including Pennsylvania, the redistricting process has proven highly vulnerable to gerrymandering, when districts are redrawn to give an advantage to certain parties, office holders or constituencies in elections. The consequences are numerous, including uncompetitive elections and diminished (or unfairly increased) influence of certain voters, all of which can contribute to political gridlock.

The Committee of Seventy urges voters across the state to draw their own maps through Draw the Lines PA and support Fair Districts PA in its work to fight for fairness and transparency in Pennsylvania's redistricting process. We are honored that our President and CEO David Thornborough was asked to chair the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission and has been serving since 2018. Visit drawthelinespa.org to learn how you can participate in reform and follow DTL on Facebook and Twitter.

Recent News
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January 26, 2022

C70 Testimony on Philadelphia City Council Redistricting - Bill No. 220003

C70 Policy Director Patrick Christmas provides testimony regarding City Council's proposed map.

January 12, 2022

C70 Letter to the PA House of Representatives Opposing HB38

To those who value our system of checks and balances, House Bill 38 contemplates a fundamentally different relationship between the legislative and judicial branches wherein the former has unequal power over the latter. Such a change would irreparably and severely impair the governance of the Commonwealth, and would harm the independence and impartiality of our court system. C70 urges the PA House to not advance this proposed constitutional amendment and allow HB 38 to lapse at the end of this session.

December 02, 2021

Press Coverage of New CEO Announcement

The Committee of Seventy announced Al Schmidt as our new President & CEO, effective January 3, 2022. A round-up of national and local news coverage can be found here.

December 01, 2021

Press Coverage of People Over Politics Movement

On Monday, November 29th, the Committee of Seventy joined a number of elected officials and good government groups including the League of Women Voters and Common Cause, in calling for reforms to combat corruption in Philadelphia.

November 30, 2021

Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt to Serve as President & CEO of Committee of Seventy

Today, the Committee of Seventy’s Board of Directors announced that Al Schmidt has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania’s long standing nonpartisan advocate for better government.