Skip to comments.Democrats reach across aisle to oppose Maryland redistricting
Posted on 10/15/2012 5:53:50 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Maryland Republicans are driving efforts to overturn the states newly drawn congressional map in a referendum next month, but they are joined by a number of Democrats who say their own party has gone too far in crafting districts for political gain.
Numerous Montgomery County Democrats are scheduled to hold a news conference Monday in Rockville during which they are expected to urge a no vote on ballot Question 5, which would reject the district map drawn last year by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved by the General Assembly.
Critics have accused the maps makers of lumping disparate communities together and diluting minority influence in an effort to give Democrats the majority in most districts. Opponents hope they can overturn the map and force the governor to draw a fairer one in time for the 2014 elections, but their ultimate goal is to establish a nonpartisan redistricting commission they say is the only solution to gerrymandering.
Since political parties gerrymander whenever they can, Maryland needs an independent redistricting commission, said Montgomery County Council member Phil Andrews, a Democrat. But there is no chance the governor and General Assembly will establish one unless Marylanders first reject this extreme gerrymander.
Last years approved congressional map raised the ire of Republicans and many black Democrats, who waged an unsuccessful lawsuit against the map before gathering enough voter signatures to have it put on next months ballot.
The vote on Question 5 will not affect this years congressional elections. But if voters reject the ballot initiative, the governor and assembly would have to repeat the redistricting process and approve a new map in time for 2014.
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For the Dems, the problem with spreading Dem voters too thin (in order to create the most majority-Dem districts) is that all it takes is a slight drift to the right to make those districts Republican.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
i can’t understand why we can’t just make redistricting algorithmic. feed population numbers and maps into a computer and have it spit out congressional districts that are compact and logically make sense, with no weight made to party, color or creed. The entire process could be completely open with all code and data published so anyone could validate the results.