Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge Collaborates on Pennsylvania Gerrymandering Case Brief
TUESDAY, JAN 23, 2018
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state’s congressional district map on the grounds that it was too partisan. Social Explorer Co-Founder and CEO Andrew Beveridge contributed to an amicus brief for the trial filed by the law firm Paul Weiss. Professor Beveridge is a nationally recognized research scholar in the area of redistricting and an expert on drawing district lines.
In a five to two opinion, the judges wrote that the boundaries "clearly, plainly and palpably" violate the state's constitution. The court ordered that a new map must be submitted to the court by February 9th. If the map is not approved by February 15th, the court would draw its own map. The decision will have a significant impact on Pennsylvania’s 2018 contests and congressional midterm elections overall.
For more background on the case, check out the New York Timescoverage.