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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 27, 2023

Testimony on Rules Reform and Bipartisanship

C70 Chief Policy Officer Pat Christmas submits testimony on rules reform and fostering bipartisanship to the Speaker's Workgroup to Move Pennsylvania Forward.

January 26, 2023

BallotPA Testimony on Bipartisanship for Speaker's Workgroup

BallotPA chair David Thornburgh urged Speaker Rozzi and his bipartisan workgroup members to consider allowing independents to vote in primary elections as a means to ease partisan gridlock.

January 19, 2023

Lauren Cristella Named Interim President of the Committee of Seventy

Cristella will retain the title of Chief Operating Officer as the nonpartisan nonprofit’s Transition Committee works to make future recommendations to the board.

January 12, 2023

State Senate Passes Controversial Amendments to Constitution

The Committee of Seventy is deeply concerned about the PA Senate's approval of two controversial amendments to the state Constitution.

January 06, 2023

C70 President and CEO Al Schmidt to Receive Presidential Citizens Medal

The medal, the second-highest civilian award given by our government, recognizes extraordinary efforts to protect American democracy.