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Maryland’s highest court moves state primary to July 19

March 15th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Maryland’s highest court on Tuesday moved the state’s primary from June 28 to July 19, as courts weigh challenges to the state’s new legislative map as well as Maryland’s congressional map.

The Court of Appeals also set a new candidate filing deadline for April 15. The court issued the order in the matter of a legal challenge to the map of political boundaries for the 188 seats in the General Assembly.

Separately, a trial began Tuesday over allegations that Maryland’s congressional map has been illegally drawn to benefit Democrats.

In that case, a witness for Maryland Republicans testified that partisan considerations took over when Democrats who control Maryland's legislature approved the new congressional map “in a way that disadvantages Republicans