|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is working to create the most fair and transparent congressional redistricting process in history. Hearings are now underway, and we are seeking your input, both online and in person.
For the first time ever, Pennsylvania residents can now submit the boundaries of their communities of interest and comment on the current congressional district map using online mapping tools available at www.PaRedistricting.com
. You will find informative videos on how to use the tools on the page as well.
Residents also have the opportunity to provide in-person testimony at one of the House State Government Committee’s eight hearings being held across the Commonwealth through October. To access the registration and submission pages, go to www.PaRedistricting.com/hearingschedule
and click on the hearing at which you want to provide testimony. There is also an option to submit written testimony on the website.
If you are unfamiliar with the process, redistricting is necessary to provide fair and equal representation in Congress for all Pennsylvanians and to ensure the Commonwealth is meeting the “one person, one vote” standard prescribed in the Constitution. Redistricting is done every 10 years based on data collected through the U.S. Census.
There are 435 U.S. congressional districts nationwide. Pennsylvania currently has 18 of those congressional districts, but based on 2020 Census data, we already know Pennsylvania is losing one of them. Our state’s next congressional map will include 17 districts.