PA Supreme Court Unveils New Voting Maps, Republicans Likely To Sue

Political Map Of Pennsylvania, Political Map Of The State Of Pennsylvania Showing Counties And County Seats. (Photo By Encyclopaedia Britannica/UIG Via Getty Images)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is imposing a new congressional district map for the state’s 2018 elections, meeting its deadline to do so and likely setting up a challenge from Republicans.

Monday’s order means a new map is to take effect in the May 15 primary. Republican lawmakers are expected to quickly challenge it in federal court, arguing legislatures and governors, not courts, have the constitutional responsibility to draw congressional maps.

If it stands, the revised map is almost certain to improve Democrats’ chances in more seats this year.

The Democratic-majority state high court ruled last month that Pennsylvania’s district boundaries were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Republicans have won 13 of Pennsylvania’s 18 seats in three elections under the invalidated map, although statewide elections are often closely contested.

The new map won’t apply to March’s special election in southwestern Pennsylvania’s 18th District.

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