Selinsgrove Borough Council has adopted a resolution supporting the abolishment of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania and is joining more than 200 municipalities in calling for nonpartisan redistricting reform.
The council voted unanimously on the resolution to end the practice of manipulating electoral district boundaries to give one party an unfair political advantage.
There is proposed legislation calls for an Independent Citizens Commission to draw congressional maps and the random selection of commissioners who would be held accountable for making the redistricting process fair and transparent.
"Municipal government should always serve the best interests of local citizens. This includes encouraging fair elections by using a citizen commission for redistricting, instead of leaving it to the politicians who benefit from gerrymandering," said council member Erik Viker.
Carol Kuniholm, chairman of Fair Districts PA said reform is "an affirmation of our nation's founding principle: government of, by and for the people. The US is the only major democracy that allows legislators a role in drawing their own district lines, and for years Pennsylvania has been one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation. Our local officials see first hand how gerrymandered districts confuse and frustrate voters, make electoral participation more difficult and undermine real representation."
To date, 286 municipalities and 20 counties in Pennsylvania have passed the resolution supporting the end of gerrymandering.