Former AG Holder visits Philly, sets sight on redrawing state district voting maps

Holder says Pennsylvania "is among the most gerrymandered states in the country."

Cherri Gregg
October 12, 2018 - 9:43 pm
Eric Holder

Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Former US Attorney General Eric Holder was in Philadelphia this week stumping for state Democratic candidates. He's the chair of a redistricting group working to redraw voting maps in several states.

Pennsylvania is one of 12 states targeted by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a group chaired by Eric Holder and promoted by former President Barack Obama. He says half the people who will redraw state districting maps in 2021 will be elected on November 6.

"We need to elected Democrats here in Pennsylvania so they can work with a great governor, Governor Tom Wolf who I am endorsing, so they can take on, tackle that job of gerrymandering," 

He says other strategies include lawsuits, like the one that resulted in a new congressional map in Pennsylvania. But the state map still gives a heavy advantage to Republicans.

"Our strategy between now and November 6th is really to turn out the vote."

As of May, in Pennsylvania, Democrats had an 800,000 voter advantage over Republicans statewide.