Since the state Supreme Court threw out Pennsylvania’s current Congressional map, Governor Tom Wolf has been making the rounds saying he will not approve of any map that is gerrymandered for political reasons.
“I pledge to you now that I will reject any map that is unfair or continues partisan gerrymandering,” Wolf wrote in an op-ed on Daily Kos.
Wolf said he would leave the map drawing up to the Supreme Court if the Legislature sends him a map that is “unfair.”
In the op-ed Wolf pushed for a non-partisan commission to draw the Congressional maps.
“I’ve long advocated for a non-partisan commission to remove the politics from redistricting, but until we can make a system like that a reality, I will stand up strongly for fairness,” Wolf wrote.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Wolf mentioned the idea of using algorithms to draw the maps.
“Some good work is also being done on objective mathematic algorithms, saying here’s what we agree should go into fair maps. If you have fair-minded individuals working on the math, they can take those criteria and produce something neutral. There’s a great mathematician at Tufts working on this; some other researchers are working at that,” Wolf told the Post.
The Legislature has until February 9th to submit a new map to Wolf, who has until February 15th to approve the map and send it to the Supreme Court.