Larry Hogan

Three criteria for redrawing Maryland's voting lines

Three criteria for redrawing Maryland's voting lines

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has just demanded that the state of Maryland redraw its congressional district map due to unacceptable partisan gerrymandering. Writing for the majority of the panel and joined by District Judge George L. Russell III, Circuit Judge Paul V. Niemeyer wrote, “When political considerations are taken into account to an extreme degree, the public perceives an abuse of the democratic process.” Concurring, but writing separately, Chief District Judge James K. Bredar declared partisan gerrymandering “noxious, a cancer on our democracy.”

What none have yet been able to successfully define, however, is what constitutes...

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