Exclusive: Maryland Court Rules Against Democrats In Gerrymandering Case
The lawsuit was filed by Judicial Watch, a nonprofit judicial and government watchdog group, on behalf of 12 registered Maryland voters who “object to Maryland’s 2021 congressional redistricting plan on the grounds that it is a partisan gerrymander that diminishes their rights to participate in free, fair elections for the U.S. Congress on an equal basis with other Maryland voters, in violation of the Maryland Constitution. The trial also included plaintiffs from a separate lawsuit,” the group wrote in a press release.
In an exclusive interview with Timcast ahead of the ruling, Judicial Watch’s senior attorney Robert Popper explained the lawsuit and some of the problems with Maryland’s congressional map.
In determining if gerrymandering occurred, Popper said that “first, you can use the circumstances under which a bill was passed.” He explained the circumstances surrounding the Maryland map: “a bipartisan commission recommended a map to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on November 5 that he approved, but the legislature passed a different proposal in a straight party-line vote. On December 9, 2021, Hogan vetoed this proposal, and, the same day, the state legislature overrode his veto on another party-line vote.”
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