Opposition to the Gerrymandering of the PA 15th Senatorial District
On Monday, October 31, 2011, the 2011 Legislative Reapportionment Commission, by a majority vote, approved a preliminary reapportionment plan that concocted horseshoe shaped boundaries of the PA 15th Senatorial District that would include parts of five counties and would remove the City of Harrisburg from the District. The five counties are Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and York. The Pennsylvania Constitution, Article II, Section 16 states: "The Commonwealth shall be divided into fifty senatorial and two hundred three representative districts, which shall be composed of compact and contiguous territory as nearly equal in population as practicable. Each senatorial district shall elect one Senator, and each representative district one Representative. Unless absolutely necessary no county, city, incorporated town, borough, township or ward shall be divided in forming either a senatorial or representative district." We the people of Pennsylvania resolve to take exception to the proposed redistricting of the 15th Senatorial District for the following reasons: 1. The Constitutional requirements are violated by allocating parts of five different counties to the 15th Senatorial District. 2. The horseshoe boundaries fail to meet the Constitutional compactness test. 3. The portions of the five counties have diverse interests that will make it very difficult if not impossible for one legislator to serve as a unified voice for the constituents. 4. The boundaries defy common sense and reek of gerrymandering. 5. Public confidence in the integrity of state government is compromised when illogical and inexplicable boundaries are drawn that fail to meet the public interest.
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