Here’s why the election for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court truly matters this time: this court selects the fifth member of the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, which draws the lines for the voting districts. The first four members of that commission are evenly divided, two Democrats and two Republicans. So the state Supreme Court’s selection effectively casts the tie-breaking vote.
Presently in Pennsylvania there are 1 million more Democrats than Republicans registered to vote but of the 18 representatives in Congress only five of them are Democrats. This is a result of the gerrymandering created by previous Republican-controlled Reapportionment Commissions.
Electing the three fine Democratic candidates, Kevin Dougherty, Christine Donohue and David Wecht, would put the Democrats in the majority on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, leading to a more balanced map of voting districts after the next census in 2020 and for many years to come. That is why we will vote for Dougherty, Donohue and Wecht, and we encourage everyone to support them as well.
Terry and Bob Melton