Latino group again takes issue with Pa. redistricting

    The Latino advocacy group critical of Pennsylvania’s redistricting plans is making its voice heard again on the second round of maps.


    Latino Lines doesn’t have a problem with the preliminary plan for state House districts, as approved by the redistricting panel.

    The group is happy to see that the new map includes four majority-Latino districts.

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    But spokesman Jose Oyola says the panel’s rough plan for Senate districts dilutes the Latino vote by dividing it into two districts.

    “What we want is our community to stay intact. We don’t want our community to be split in two, in half. We want our growing numbers to be represented in the district,” Oyola said. “So that’s what we’re asking for. We’re asking for fair lines.”

    Latino Lines plans to register its complaints at the May 2 public hearing on the latest set of legislative district maps.

    Less clear is how the group will request that House district maps benefiting its members take effect earlier.

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