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Drawing the Lines: How Redistricting Reform will Improve Pennsylvania and Restore Citizen’s Trust in Government
January 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join David Thornburgh, President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy as part of The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy’s Discussions on Governance Lecture Series.
The event will look at how “the once-arcane topic of redistricting reform – drawing elections maps in a transparent, accessible, and accountable process – has improbably captured the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians. As we anticipate the 2021 Census, and the election maps that will be drawn from those numbers, time is short for legislative leaders to take action. But citizen energy around this issue is at an all-time high and dozens of legislators from both parties have called for reform, and several proposals are now circulating in our state capitol. Why does redistricting reform matter, and what we can do about it, and what’s likely to happen?”
In 2018, the Committee of Seventy created Draw the Lines PA, a statewide public mapping competition that has engaged over 5,000 Pennsylvanians. PUMP is on the Western PA Steering Committee for Draw the Lines.
David Thornburgh chaired Governor Wolf’s PA Redistricting Reform Commission, which released a report in 2019.
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