State of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Redistricting Challenge

Carter v. Degraffenreid

Lawsuit filed in state court by individual voters about Pennsylvania’s congressional district map following the release of 2020 census data. Petitioners ask the court to declare Pennsylvania’s current congressional district map, which was drawn with 2010 census data, as unconstitutional and implement a new map that adheres to the constitutional requirement of one person, one vote if a new map drawn with 2020 census data isn’t passed due to political gridlock between Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and governor. The court allowed the state’s Republican legislative leaders to intervene in the case, but the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and individual Republican voters were denied intervention. The court dismissed the petition without prejudice, holding that “although we recognize that Petitioners’ rights might be abridged at some future point in time,” the petitioners currently lack standing and their claims are not ripe for review since there is still time for the General Assembly and governor to implement new maps before the next election cycle. 

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