WENY News - Judges rule Pennsylvania can keep congressional map

Judges rule Pennsylvania can keep congressional map

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal judicial panel has ruled that Pennsylvania can keep its congressional map, turning back an argument from a group of Democratic voters who contended that it should be thrown out because the state lawmakers who created the map in 2011 gerrymandered it to help Republicans.
  
Wednesday's decision comes a day after a court threw out North Carolina's congressional map, finding it went too far to help Republicans.
  
In the 2-1 ruling on Pennsylvania's case, a judge found that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the idea that district maps should be blind to party considerations.

State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati calls Wednesday's ruling "another affirmation" that the map is constitutional.
  
He says challenges to the state's congressional maps should have been put on hold, pending the outcome of a case on political gerrymandering being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

A lawyer in the Pennsylvania case, Alice Ballard, says the U.S. Supreme Court should make the final decision.

The group of Democratic voters is planning to appeal the ruling.

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