Posted by: Ann Corcoran | August 14, 2012

Judge gives green light to re-districting ballot initiative

Del. Neil Parrott:  “Let the people vote!”

Last Friday a Maryland Circuit Court Judge stopped the O’Malley machine in court (again!)

From Melodika (a music website of all places?):

MDPetitions.com’s Chairman Delegate Neil Parrott and Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued a statement today [last Friday, this publication has it on August 13—ed]  following a Maryland circuit court decision that gives a green light to an Election Day voter referendum on Maryland’s new gerrymandered Congressional Districting Plan. The circuit court judge today shot down an effort by the state Democrat party that sought to remove the issue from the November ballot (Dennis Whitley, III, et al., v. Maryland State Board of Elections, et al. (No. 02-C-12-171365)). The judge had previously granted a motion by MDPetitions.com to intervene in the lawsuit. MDPetitions.com launched a successful petition drive to put the Congressional Districting Plan to a referendum November 2012 because gerrymandered maps minimize the voting power of certain groups. Maryland Democrats filed a lawsuit to stop the referendum from going forward. Judicial Watch is representing MDPetitions.com in the court proceedings.

Delegate Neil Parrott, Chairman of MDPetitions.com said, “This victory is a huge victory for all Maryland voters and brings us one step closer to allowing Marylanders to vote on what appears to be the most gerrymandered and convoluted congressional redistricting map in the country.

“Voters from across the state worked hard to get the signatures to bring this bill to referendum. Now is the time to let the people vote.”

I had not previously posted on that Washington Post editorial against the “comical” O’Malley map, but here is a bit of it in this article.

As noted by a Washington Post editorial: “The map, drafted under Mr. O’Malley’s watchful eye, mocks the idea that voting districts should be compact or easily navigable. The eight districts respect neither jurisdictional boundaries nor communities of interest. To protect incumbents and for partisan advantage, the map has been sliced, diced, shuffled and shattered, making districts resemble studies in cubism.”

November here we come!


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