Alito seeks input on Pennsylvania congressional map dispute

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is giving the Democratic voters who successfully challenged Pennsylvania’s congressional map a few days to weigh in on whether the new districts should be put on hold.

Alito called Wednesday for a response to the <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docket/docketfiles/html/public/17a909.html”>request for a stay</a> made by the state Legislature’s highest-ranking Republicans.

The voters and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf both plan to respond by the Monday deadline.

House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/17/17A909/36182/20180221203126632%E2%80%94Turzai%20Scarnati%20Emergency%20App%20for%20Stay%20.pdf”>want to stop</a> the use of a <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-6061/file-6852.pdf?cb=df65be”>new map</a> announced Feb. 19 by the state Supreme Court.

They argue the court overstepped its authority and gave lawmakers too little time to craft their own replacement.

Alito also sought a response before <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docket/docketfiles/html/public/17a795.html”>turning down</a> a similar request by the Republican leaders on Feb. 5.

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