Pa. Democrats submit map in state gerrymandering case

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's House Democrats are the second political party to submit a proposed redraw of the state's congressional district boundaries in a high-stakes gerrymandering case.

The map would split Berks County into two congressional districts instead of the current four, with Reading and the southeastern part of Berks County being included in the 6th District. The rest of Berks would be represented by the 16th District.

Lehigh County would also be split, with the southern part being in the 8th District and the northern part, including Allentown, being in the 15th, which would also include Bethlehem and all of Northampton County.

Lancaster, Monroe, and Schuylkill counties would also be represented by two districts.

Thursday is deadline day for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and others to submit maps of new boundaries that they want the state's Supreme Court to adopt.

The midnight deadline gives justices four more days to meet their own deadline to impose new boundaries for the May 15 primary election. A redrawn Pennsylvania map could help Democrats pick up seats in the U.S. House. Republicans control 13 of 18 Pennsylvania seats.

The Democratic-majority court last month threw out a Pennsylvania congressional map widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered.

Republican lawmakers submitted a map last week and are threatening to challenge in federal court any map the state Supreme Court may produce.

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