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Judges Rule Pennsylvania Can Keep Congressional Map

Pennsylvania's congressional district map, deemed unconstitutional by the Pa. Supreme Court.
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A panel of federal judges upheld the Pennsylvania congressional district map as constitutional in a 2-1 split decision in a Philadelphia court today.

In the case, a group of Pennsylvania voters challenged the state's map claiming it was an illegal partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans over Democrats. They claimed it undermined the elections clause of the U.S. Constitution.

In his majority opinion, Chief Judge D. Brook Smiths wrote: 

"The structural change Plaintiffs seek must come from the political branches or from the political process itself, not the courts."

It is unclear at this time if plaintiffs will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  

The ruling comes before a similar case will be heard in Pennsylvania Supreme Court next week.

Lindsay Lazarski is a photojournalist and multimedia producer for Keystone Crossroads, a statewide public media initiative focused on problems and solutions facing Pennsylvania's cities.
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