Hello. My name is Kathy and I am a part of a bipartisan group of citizens that have filed a petition with the Court of Common Pleas to contest the redistricting of Upper Providence ahead of the 2023 Council elections.
You can read the full story on redistricting at upffd.net, but the summary is this: following the results of the 2020 Census, Upper Providence Council needed to move only ~300 voters to rebalance the population of the Township's 5 voting districts, but instead they passed an ordinance to move over 2000 voters in an attempt to gerrymander UPT into control of the incumbent party ahead of the 2023 Township Council elections. In fact, their proposal shifts the seat of the current Council Chairman (who is up for re-election) 10 points in his favor!
Council has plainly ignored the feedback and petitions of almost 500 bipartisan residents and, rather than entering into good faith discussion with petitioners, they attempted to have the lawsuit filed by their own citizens thrown out. Luckily, a judge recently dismissed that motion and the matter proceeded to trial in May 2023.
That’s where we need your help. Lawsuits are expensive, and while the Township is using our tax dollars to wage a lawsuit against its own taxpayers, the group of petitioners needs to raise funds to support the legal battle. Please donate what you can to help us fund this battle – every single cent donated will go to legal fees, and we won’t raise any funds beyond what are needed to cover the costs.