[As submitted to the Legislative Reapportionment Committee]
I object to the planned redistricting of Pennsylvania Legislative District 156 because splitting three municipalities is neither desirable nor necessary, as outlined in our state constitution.
The district now has one split municipality, East Bradford. The current plan calls for splitting three, East Bradford (while switching all precincts in that township), Westtown and West Chester.
In fact, retaining the integrity of all municipalities serves the goal of proportionality by population, more easily and honestly — reunite East Bradford’s southern precincts with its northern half in the 156th District, leave West Chester in the 156th, and leave Westtown in the 160th District.
That this simpler solution exists not only gives the lie to the idea the current plan is “necessary” but opens the plan to serious legal challenge.
Please reconsider your plan to split these three municipalities. Instead, leave them intact and reunite East Bradford, allowing all to have adequate, cohesive, and honest representation.
Secretary, West Chester Borough Democrats
Please give your opinion to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, Judge Stephen J. McEwen Jr., Chair.