Jeal­ous’ ger­ry­man­der­ing lost him this Dem’s vote

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Gil­bert Bliss, Free­land

I am a dyed-in-the-wool Demo­crat who has en­joyed liv­ing in a ba­si­cally Demo­cratic state, if not in a Demo­cratic neigh­bor­hood. My ten­dency has been to es­sen­tially vote on a party line, but the threat that Ben Jeal­ous has of­fered with re­gard to ger­ry­man­der­ing geo­graph­i­cal lines has me wor­ried (“Ben Jeal­ous has promised to do a lot of things. We didn't ex­pect ger­ry­man­der­ing to be one of them.,” Sept. 28).

Gov. Larry Ho­gan won a fair con­test the last time. This is what we should be able to ex­pect. There should be no pre­sump­tion for ei­ther party to believe that it will win be­cause of tilt­ing the scales in their fa­vor. This fur­ther di­vides us as a coun­try. If it is true that ma­jor­ity rules, then vot­ing results should re­flect eq­uity of op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one's bal­lot to count.

It is a fact of life that some­times we win and some­times we lose. Let's keep it eas­ier to be gra­cious in ei­ther de­feat or vic­tory be­cause, at least, we were play­ing on a level field.

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