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Wolf Wants to Hear from Voters on Pennsylvania Redistricting … But Only His Voters

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants to hear from residents on the redistricting process currently underway in Harrisburg. But he really only wants to hear from Democrat voters in the state.

Wolf announced he’s holding 8 “listening sessions” between now and early-November. He likely won’t be at any of these events but he’s dispatching members of his Redistricting Advisory Council.

Now, while Wolf says “the opinions of Pennsylvanians must be heard” he only seems interested in what people in his party have to say.

Wolf Hosting Redistricting Listening Sessions in Mostly Blue Counties in Pennsylvania

Check out the list of locations where these echo chamber listening sessions are going to be held:

5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 University of Scranton
Brennan Hall, The Rose Room
800 Linden St.
Scranton, PA 18510
11:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22 Point Park University
Center for Media Innovation
305 Wood St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
5:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 West Chester University
Swope Music Building, Ware Recital Hall
817 S. High St.
West Chester, PA 19382
11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 Penn State Behrend
Pat Black III Conference Center, 180 Burke
5101 Jordan Rd.
Erie, PA 16563
11:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29 Drexel University
Creese Student Center
3210 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1 Penn State Main Campus
HUB-Robeson Center, 201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3 Mansfield University
Manser Hall
31 S. Academy St.
Mansfield, PA 16933

All but one of those locations have something in common. They’re in counties that allegedly voted for Biden in the 2020 election. The only listening session held in a “red” county is the last one, on Nov. 3, at Mansfield University in Tioga County.

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Tioga has about one-third of the voters of Schuylkill County.

Wolf ironically says in a statement on the listening sessions, “I have long believed that gerrymandering is wrong, and politicians should not use the redistricting process to choose their own voters.”

Pennsylvania Redistricting 2021

Redistricting will be the highlight of this legislative session in Harrisburg. The political division lines are being redrawn after the release of the 2020 US Census. And if you thought you’ve seen fighting in Harrisburg before this, just wait.

Wolf could hold a million of these listening tours and you can bet dollars to donuts that he’ll say something along the lines of …

  • “Republicans want to restrict your right to vote.”
  • “The boundaries Republicans are proposing are racist.”
  • “[Insert another line of bullcrap here.]”

You can also expect liberal activists to call what Republicans want to do with redrawn district lines as “gerrymandering” while they call what they want “fair districts.”

During the redistricting process, Schuylkill County will be looking to hold on to its 3 districts in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and being the predominant county in the 9th State Senate district.

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The Congressional map for Pennsylvania will also be redrawn, too, which means there’s a possibility Schuylkill County could be voting for a new US Representative in the 2022 election.

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  1. Ryles

    October 16, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Redistricting should be done by an independent council. In PA, the politicians pick their voters.

    • PTFloridians

      October 16, 2021 at 3:21 pm

      Excellent point, sadly true.

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