Dems GUILTY Of Gerrymandering Voting Rights In Maryland

Democrats in Maryland will be sued for approving gerrymandered legislative maps as the national party pushes for major electoral reform in the name of strengthening democracy.

Maryland legislators voted Thursday to approve new district maps for the state Senate and the House of Delegates which would fully favor Democrats for the next decade. The House voted Thursday along partisan lines after the Senate approved the maps last week.

Hogan put together the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission to propose alternative maps to those offered by Democrats in the legislature. Hogan’s proposed state Senate map received an ‘A’ grade for partisan fairness from independent experts at Princeton University in November. However, state lawmakers chose instead to go forward with the Democratic maps, which are likely to be more favorable to their party.

As soon as the maps were approved by lawmakers Thursday, Fair Maps Maryland — an organization that advocates for an end to partisan gerrymandering in the state — announced plans to sue in the Maryland Court of Appeals to stop the implementation of the maps. The group is already involved in a lawsuit against Maryland’s newly approved congressional maps.

The passage highlights a conflict between the messaging of national Democrats and the actions of some state parties. President Joe Biden along with Democrats in Congress has stressed the need to pass their new electoral overhaul proposal, marketed as voting rights, to secure every American is enfranchised and represented to the fullest extent possible.

However, at the same time, national Democrats at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) are interceding in the lawsuit in an effort to protect gerrymandered maps in Maryland, even as their attorneys fight alleged Republican gerrymandering elsewhere.

The alleged hypocrisy has been the target of GOP messaging ahead of the 2022 midterms, including in a new ad campaign by the Republican State Leadership Committee.

“You have to give the leadership of the Maryland General Assembly a lot of credit, they have been fully committed to voter suppression every step of the way,” Fair Maps Maryland spokesman Doug Mayer said in a release. “As we have said from the start, gerrymandering is voter suppression. Not only is it wrong, it’s illegal, and the Maryland legislature is guilty of it.”

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