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Redistricting plans are underway, with little public oversight

William Marx points out one of the districts that crossed four counties as an image of the old congressional districts of Pennsylvania are projected on a wall in the classroom where he teaches civics in Pittsburgh on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Marx was a plaintiff in the Pennsylvania lawsuit that successfully challenged the Republican-drawn congressional maps. Marx said he believes the new district boundaries resulted in

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William Marx points out one of the districts that crossed four counties as an image of the old congressional districts of Pennsylvania are projected on a wall in the classroom where he teaches civics in Pittsburgh on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Marx was a plaintiff in the Pennsylvania lawsuit that successfully challenged the Republican-drawn congressional maps. Marx said he believes the new district boundaries resulted in "a more fair congressional representation of the will of the people in Pennsylvania."

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Now that the 2020 Census numbers are complete, the legislative working groups have begun the onerous work of redrawing Congressional districts to better represent Pennsylvania’s changing demographic.

The task of shaping the districts rests with a small group of legislative insiders. The public has little access to their process, even though the lawmakers have pledged to conduct deliberations with transparency.

Joining Smart Talk Tuesday to share details of the process and their expectations are David Thornburgh, President and CEO, Committee of Seventy and Carol Kuniholm, Chair, Fair Districts PA. Both of their organizations provide advocacy to the redistricting efforts.

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