Mis-representational Democracy: Coming to a Courthouse Near You!

Even though Pennsylvania Democratic and Republican voters are almost evenly split, gerrymandering consistently allows the GOP to get over two-thirds (13 of 18) of the state’s seats.

The Post Gazette has more:

Republican lawmakers used detailed data on the partisan leanings of voters when they created the current Pennsylvania congressional map, according to documents federal judges had ordered them to turn over in a trial that began this week.

Lawyers for House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati had fought to keep private a trove of documents as they prepared for the trial, which began Monday in Philadelphia. They also sought to block the documents in a separate, state gerrymandering trial that begins next week in Harrisburg.

After the judges ordered the documents turned over, lawyers for the Republicans asked that anything not used as evidence in the trial — the data were not introduced, although analysis of it was — be destroyed within 24 hours of the trial’s conclusion….

…similar datasets have become key pieces of evidence in other gerrymandering challenges across the country, including in North Carolina and in a case out of Wisconsin now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Pennsylvania’s map is considered one of the most extreme congressional gerrymanders in the country.”

This type of skewered result has been occurring in numerous states across the nation with more frequency since the 2010 census. Voters shouldn’t tolerate this form of “misrepresentational” democracy from either party any longer.