Gov. Larry Hogan has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to back up the claims of Maryland residents who argue the state’s 6th Congressional District was unconstitutionally gerrymandered.
Hogan’s brief, jointly written with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, argues that when districts are drawn to favor one party over another, it results in elected officials who “often hold far more extreme views than the citizens they represent.”
And when that happens, residents of those districts — especially moderate voters — have little means to “influence the policy making process,” Hogan and Schwarzenegger wrote.
The brief cites Harris’ district, which also was redrawn after the 2010 census. Annapolis-area voters in the district were moved out, while voters from “landlocked” communities near the Pennsylvania border were moved in. That put more Republicans in the district and ended up “diluting the district’s coherent, Eastern Shore-based identity.”