Central Bucks School Board Director Voting Maps Court Hearing Scheduled For April 14

Critics argue the right-wing majority school board proposed map they tried to rush through for this year's election is gerrymandered to favor Republicans and would have disenfranchised thousands of voters.

President Judge Honorable Wallace H. Bateman Jr. of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County issued an order on Friday to schedule a hearing date for the two competing petitions to redistrict the electoral regions of the Central Bucks School District.

Legal counsel for both CBSD Fair Votes and the Central Bucks School District are to appear before Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Cheryl Lynne Austin at 9:30 a.m. on April 14 in courtroom 410 of the Bucks County Justice Center located at 100 North Main Street in Doylestown.

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The hearing was originally scheduled for February 9 but was canceled due to a full bench recusal of the Bucks County Court, thereby eliminating the possibility for either map to be selected for use in the 2023 election.

Judge Austin will decide if one of the two maps will be utilized for the 2025 election or order yet another redraw of the regions.

Central Bucks is currently divided into nine regions that are to be equally populated based upon census data.

Every four years voters cast a ballot for a candidate running to represent their region for a four-year term, however not all nine seats on board are up for election at the same time.

Five of the board’s seats, regions one, two, three, six and eight, are up for grabs in the 2023 election.

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The current proposal from the school district’s board of directors, based on the 2020 census, reapportions electors by way of a tortured redraw of the nine regions that critics argue is gerrymandered to favor Republicans and would disenfranchise thousands of voters while violating the one person one vote principle of the 14th Amendment. 

The proposed map from CBSD Fair Votes creates three regions and provides three school board directors, versus one, to represent each region.

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A three-region map would provide voters an opportunity to vote every other year for a candidate to represent their region on the school board without the disenfranchisement of any elector.

More than 3,600 registered voters signed the CBSD Fair Votes petition in support of the three regions map, far surpassing the 840-signature legal requirement to petition the court.

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Jenny Stephens

Jenny Stephens is a freelance journalist who has written for a variety of publications, including The Reporter. An avid collector of all things vintage, she resides in the Philadelphia area.

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