League of Women Voters v. Pennsylvania
The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and a group of Democratic Pennsylvania voters filed suit on June 15, 2017 to have the state’s 2011 congressional map invalidated as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander under the state constitution.
The plaintiffs are seeking a declaration that the plan discriminates against Democratic voters in violation of the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Free Expression and Association Clauses (Art. I, §§ 7, 20), Equal Protection Guarantees (Art I, §§ 1, 26), and Free and Equal Clause (Art I, §5).
In addition to asking that the state be blocked from using the map for future elections, the plaintiffs ask that the Pennsylvania General Assembly be enjoined from considering political data, including party membership, registration, affiliation, political activities, in drawing future maps if such use would penalize or burden a group or individual voters based on their political beliefs.
Key Court Documents
- Petition for Review (June 15, 2017)