Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues opinion on invalidated redistricitng maps

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued the opinion on its 4-3 ruling to invalidate state Senate and House redistricting maps on the eve of the 2012 elections.

The Court's order issued January 25 said current district lines, approved following the 2000 U.S. Census, will remain in effect until a new plan “having the force of law” is approved. This ruling impacts the three special elections that will be decided in the April 24th primary to fill the vacancies of State Representatives Dennis O’Brien and Kenyatta Johnson (now City Council members) and Jewell Williams (Philadelphia’s new sheriff). The just-invalidated plan called for moving O’Brien’s seat to York County. Unless a new plan is devised very quickly, O’Brien’s seat will remain in Philadelphia.

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission is expected to begin remapping shortly.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Pa. high court rejects remapping plan

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