from our friends at the Pennsylvania Democratic Party:
Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered House Speaker Sam Smith to schedule special elections for six vacant House seats on April 24 - the day of the already scheduled primary election. The elections will take place using the 2001 maps.
"This is an important victory for the people of the vacant districts who will finally have proper representation," said Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn. "For more than 100 votes, nearly 350,000 Pennsylvanians have not had a voice in the House. Republicans have tried to delay the elections and silence the voices of Pennsylvanians, but today's ruling is a stinging rebuke to Harrisburg politicians who have picked politics over properly representing Pennsylvania."