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Anti-gerrymandering group wants Gov. Wolf to call special session

The Associated Press
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Matt Rourke/AP
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

HARRISBURG — An anti-gerrymandering advocacy group wants Gov. Tom Wolf to call a special session urging lawmakers to pass a resolution to amend the state constitution and create a citizens’ redistricting commission.

The group, March On Harrisburg, said Tuesday that it’s delivering a letter to the Democratic governor. Wolf’s office had no immediate comment. Lawmakers left the Capitol on Monday, with no plans to return this summer.

Left undone is a resolution to create a citizens’ commission that’s designed to draw legislative and congressional boundaries free of political interference.

Lawmakers say July 6 is the deadline to pass it and meet constitutional guidelines if a citizens’ commission is to be operating by the 2022 elections. That’s when states must redraw boundaries to account for decade-long population shifts identified in the U.S. Census.

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