Stop Judicial Redistricting; Protect the Independence of Our Judiciary.
In the 2019 - 2020 legislative session, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a constitutional amendment that would empower our state legislature to create judicial districts for Pennsylvania's higher courts. Candidates for Supreme Court and other appeals courts would be elected by voters in these districts, rather than in statewide elections.
The bill was pushed through without public hearings, expert testimony or any hint of due diligence, with just minutes spent in discussion in both House and Senate committees. If the amendment passes again in the new legislative session, it could go to a public vote as soon as the 2021 primary election.
The judicial redistricting amendment would undermine constitutional checks and balances among our branches of state government and would give the legislature more power over which judges are elected to the bench.
Judges are required to interpret, apply and uphold the laws and the constitution. Pennsylvania's appellate court judges make decisions which apply equally to all Pennsylvanians. They should not be required to follow constituents' opinions or desires, and their decisions should not be for sale.
Please stand with us now to defend our courts and judicial independence. We urge you to contact your state representative and senator and urge them to vote NO on judicial redistricting.
Resources & Actions
PA House Bill 38
Click here to read and download House Bill 38.
Judicial Redistricting / HB 38 Q & A
PMC has created a document answering some of the most frequently asked questions about judicial redistricting.
Click here to view and download the document.
Upcoming Town Halls & Educational Programs
January 27th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Turn PA Blue Winter Speaker Series: Judicial Redistricting | Turn PA Blue and PMC
Postcards to Legislators
PMC has created a postcard you can send to your state senator and representative to encourage them to vote NO on judicial redistricting. If you want to help us fight this amendment we encourage your to order cards for you, your friends and family, and organizations you are involved in.
Click here to download a PDF of the postcard.
Email Your Legislators
PMC has created an Action Network letter writing campaign, which will allow Pennsylvanians to easily email their senators and representatives about this issue. You can write your own message, or send a pre-written message we have provided on the Action Network page.
Click here to send a message to your legislators.
Judicial Redistricting Slideshow
PMC's President & CEO has participated in a number of town halls and programs on judicial redistricting.
Click here to view the PowerPoint used during some of these programs.
FDPA Infographic - What's Wrong With Judicial Districts?
Fair Districts Pennsylvania has developed an infographic outlining the problems judicial redistricting would cause.
Click here to view and download the infographic.