Supreme Court called to intervene in Congressional cards case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A group suing Pennsylvania’s new map of congressional districts on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider whether they were entitled to an emergency order to stop the plan.

The petition came three days after U.S. District Judge Jennifer P. Wilson in Harrisburg denied their request for a temporary restraining order against the 17-district map, saying she would first address “jurisdictional issues “. All six complainants said these questions relate to their ability to challenge the card.

The United States Supreme Court asked for a response on Thursday evening.

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The plaintiffs, including two Republican candidates for Congress this year, say the new map favors Democrats, including placing Republican U.S. Representatives Glenn Thompson and Fred Keller in the same central Pennsylvania district. The legislature must approve the congressional map, they argued.

“Relief is urgently needed as the candidates are already campaigning for elections under this unconstitutional card, and the legal deadline to obtain the necessary signatures on the nomination petitions is March 8,” the plaintiffs told the court Supreme of the United States.

A congressional constituency plan passed by Republican majorities in the General Assembly was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Plaintiffs also argued that the map selected by the state Supreme Court erroneously contains congressional districts that differ from each other by two residents, when it is possible to meet federal standards with variances in ‘a single person.

Unless state lawmakers and Wolf produce a new set of district lines, they want this year’s congressional elections to be held “as a whole,” rather than district by district. Thus, voters from all parts of the state would choose the 17 members of Congress.

The Supreme Court of the Democratic-majority state last week made its pick for a new map and revised the petition collection schedule for congressional and statewide candidates.

“Having a court ‘suspend’ or delay the primary election schedule to accommodate the judicial creation of a new map of Congress is not an option,” the plaintiffs argued in the state Supreme Court filing. -United.

The defendants are Wolf, Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman and Jessica Mathis, director of Wolf’s Office of Electoral Services and Solicitors. A State Department spokesperson declined to comment on the matter, citing ongoing litigation.

Wilson allowed a group whose proposed map was chosen by the state Supreme Court to join the case. She said they pleaded to be allowed to participate in the case “to protect this collateral attack on their litigation in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.”

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