Other conditions that help prevent partisan gerrymandering

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1.  Ban Gerrymandering

Legislative reform that explicitly prohibits partisan and individual gerrymandering as illegal and violative of the concept of free, fair, and equal elections.

2.  Outlaw “Personal Gerrymanders”

Legislation or policy that prohibits redistricting decisions made specifically to advantage or disadvantage any individual legislator, incumbent or candidate for office.

3.  Limit Participation by Politicians, Legislators, and Political Allies

Prevent politicians from corruptly choosing their own voters, rather than allowing the voters to choose their legislators. Remove legislators and other affected politicians or their close allies from participating in any way in the redistricting process other than the channels accessible to all citizens.

4.  Create an Independent Redistricting Commission

Give the redistricting responsibility to a truly independent, diverse, and well-qualified redistricting commission. Independent authority is essential to the process of fair redistricting.

5.  Communicate Fully To The Public

Require that redistricting officials release immediately, accessibly and permanently all communications of any kind regarding redistricting.

6.  Foster Citizen Participation

Invite strong public participation using recorded and broadcast public hearings throughout the state. Provide for broadly available, easily accessible, and well-publicized methods for ordinary citizens to submit comments on maps and mapping proposals.

7.  Offer a Redress Procedure

Ensure that citizens who suffer abridgement of the right to free and equal elections can address their grievances expeditiously at any point during the redistricting process or afterward​ when corrupt redistricting arises.

8.  Provide Mapping Tools To The Public

Give the general public access to the same redistricting data and computer programs used by redistricting officials to draft proposed maps throughout the entire redistricting process. Material advances in the availability and ease of use offers individual citizens the opportunity to participate in ways not possible historically.

9.  Establish Strong Design Standards

Regardless of who draws the lines, strong standards for redistricting design, rigorously enforced can restrain would-be gerrymanderers from manipulating district lines for political advantage.

10.  ​Prohibit the Use of Partisan Data in Design

Election results, partisan voter registration data, or other partisanship indicators invite abuse in district design. Exception: use in the analysis of a proposed map can help to ensure that it responds to voter preferences, detects partisan gerrymandering, and confirms VRA compliance.

11. State the Allowable Population Variance Between Districts

The U.S. Supreme Court in 1983 created a window to allow some variation in Congressional district populations but did not specify a limit. For state-level electoral districts populations, CCFD recommends a 2% variance (+ or – 2% from precise equality) as a goal to balance equalizing voter representation with keeping municipal subdivisions whole.

Pennsylvania state law allows a district population variance of state house and senate seats to be + or – 5%. This is unnecessarily large in the age of computer aided district design. On the other hand, too low a variance in population will cause excessive municipal divisions and require extensive mapmaking time.

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