Ger­ry­man­der ap­peal

The Capital - - OPINION -

On Nov. 7, Chief Judge Bredar of the U.S. District Court of Mary­land wrote that “par­ti­san ger­ry­man­der­ing is nox­ious, a can­cer on our democ­racy.”

The District Court fur­ther stated that it will “en­ter an in­junc­tion (1) per­ma­nently en­join­ing the state from con­duct­ing any fur­ther elec­tions from mem­bers of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives un­der the 2011 Con­gres­sional Re­dis­trict­ing Plan and (2) di­rect­ing the State to adopt promptly a new con­gres­sional district plan that ad­dresses the con­sti­tu­tional vi­o­la­tions found…for use in the 2020 elec­tions.”

For rea­sons stated in the court’s 59-page opin­ion by Judge Niemeyer and 19 pages of con­cur­ring opin­ions by Chief Judge Bredar and Judge Rus­sell. The State of Mary­land is now re­quired to draw con­gres­sional dis­tricts that end par­ti­san ger­ry­man­der­ing.

Mary­land cit­i­zens should call upon At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian Frosh to sup­port this de­ci­sion and not seek an ap­peal so that Mary­land’s cit­i­zens can se­lect their fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives rather than the politi­cians se­lect­ing the vot­ers.

MICHAEL MAL­ONE Gam­brills

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