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Court Rejects Appeal To Stop Referendum On Redistricting Map

August 20th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

The state's highest court on Friday rejected an appeal by Maryland Democrats to stop a referendum on the state's congressional redistricting map, paving the way for another question to be decided by voters in November. While presidential and U.S. Senate races will be at the top of the ticket, ballot issues such as gambling expansion and same-sex marriage will be more hotly contested in Maryland. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruling Friday on the state's redistricting map for eight congressional districts came a day after the judges heard arguments from attorneys. Opponents say the map has been gerrymandered to favor Democrats at the expense of fair representation. They say that the sixth district, in western Maryland, represented by republican Roscoe Bartlett for the past 20 years is perhaps the most gerrymandered district in the nation. A spokesperson for the congressman, Lisa Lyons Wright, says despite the changes in the make-up of the district- he  looks forward to another chance to represent western Maryland in Washington…

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