Changes in Pa. voting: new map and new machines

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Guests: Lawrence Norton, Laura Olson, Nicholas Stephanopoulos

There’s a fight over gerrymandering going on in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released their version of a new congressional district map after ruling the previous map, drawn by Republicans, was unconstitutional for unfairly favoring the GOP, who have filed a federal lawsuit to challenge the process by which the new lines were drawn. And both parties are scrambling to reconfigure their statewide strategies for the primary midterm elections this year. NICHOLAS STEPHANOPOULOS, Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and LAURA OLSON, reporter for The Allentown Morning Call join us to discuss the new map, how and why it was drawn, the challenge to it, and the effect it will have on the 2018 midterm races. We’ll then talk about the integrity of voting, both nationally and in Pennsylvania, where governor Tom Wolf recently announced that the commonwealth is now required to implement paper ballot-backed machines. LAWRENCE NORDON, deputy director for the Brennan Center for Justice’s democracy program at New York University.

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