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Critics of Maryland Congressional Districts Reach Signature Goal

Those opposed to Maryland's recently adopted congressional districts will get their chance for a vote come November.

Maryland’s newly drawn U.S. Congressional boundaries will be put to a referendum vote this November, after critics campaigned to get enough signatures to put the new map on the ballot. 

reported that at least 55,736 valid signatures were needed, and on Wednesday, the State Board of Elections certified a sufficient amount for ballot placement.

“The current number that I have is 56,323 valid names there is still about 2,900 that are left to verifty,” Donna Duncan, Maryland’s election management division director, told Annapolis Patch.

Of the total 65,722 signatures collected, 3,326 came from Montgomery County residents. Thus far, 2,929 have been deemed valid.

In Prince George’s County, residents contributed 2,197, and 2,006 of those have been certified as valid. 

Critics recently attempted to challenge the new districts, which were adopted last year, in court, but the Supreme Court upheld the U.S. District Court’s decision to throw out the lawsuit. 

Tony Campbell, the president of Marylanders for Coherent and Fair Representation, told the Gazette that he was pleased opponents of the new map had gotten over this hurdle, but expects a legal challenge to the signatures from state Democrats. 

Dana Schwartz July 12, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Wish Laurel had known about this petition. We could have added quite a few signatures after the loss of Rep Hoyer as our representative.
Bill Samuel July 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Yes, I suppose the state Democratic Party will try to stop this. The districts are so obviously gerrymandered that I don't understand how an honest judge could have accepted the redistricting. One district is made up of 2 portions connected only by a road. This is part of the long history of the white Democratic Party power structure manipulating things at the expense of minorities and the Republicans. They just won't play fair unless they are forced to.

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