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Gerrymandering Opponents Pushing Issue to Voters

July 16th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

It appears that opponents of Maryland’s new congressional district boundaries have been successful in getting the issue before voters this fall. According to the Maryland State Board of Elections website, as of last week opponents had 56,342 valid signatures to get the issue on the ballot.  They needed 55,736 signatures.  Washington County Delegate Neil Parrott, who led the petition drive to get the issue on the ballot, said the elections board still has to review approximately 2,000 to 3,000 signatures that were submitted at the end of last month. Opponents say the new boundaries for the state's eight congressional districts favor Democrats at the expense of Republicans, and favor urban and suburban voters at the expense of rural voters.  They point to the boundaries for the 3rd, 4th and 6th Congressional Districts as "gerrymandered."  Parrott said he believes it’s a common sense issue.

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