10-17-11: Redistricting Objections

October 17, 2011 at 8:15 am 3 comments

An inkblot of Maryland's Third Congressional District, as recommended by the Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee, and a gavel.

The Congressional district map submitted by Governor O’Malley’s Redistricting Advisory Committee has some groups talking about filing suit under the Voting Rights Act over the representation of minority populations. Once the General Assembly passes new district lines, could a Maryland court step in to reshape them?

University of Baltimore associate professor of law Gilda Daniels has litigated Voting Rights Act cases. Today, she tells Nathan Sterner how redistricting litigation has played out in the past, and what could happen if the General Assembly’s map ends up in court.

Want to know more about gerrymandering and when it ends up in court? Check out Gerrymandering (the movie) and overviews of significant redistricting litigation from Harvard Law Review and Fordham Law Review.


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  • 1. gary figallo  |  October 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Congressional districting has reached the point of absurdity. Here is what we need to do. Change the constitution that alludes to counting people by race, and eliminate the detailed census questionaire regarding race. Count citizens and non-citizens. Eliminate the Voting Rights Act. Shape districts to promote existing governmental districts e.g., counties and city borders. The reason to do so is illustrated by the current congress (Republican majority) that results from concentrating minority voters into fewer districts. The Voting Rights Act was a trap that has sprung.The redrawn maps would allow more Democrats to be elected that would allow government to serve the interests of the most people. Minorities will benefit. And non-minority working whites would return to the Democratic party where their economic interests are best served.The country has proven it will elect qualified candidates e.g. Obama and Herman Cain regardless of race. Its time for a change.

  • 2. Dunkle Oscar  |  October 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Eh, Republican majority? Well, that’s the first time Harry Reid’s been called a Republican.

  • 3. gary figallo  |  October 19, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Harry Reid is in the Senate where Districts are not an issue. There is state-wide voting for US Senators.

    Clarifying: The Voting Rights Act was was of the most important laws passed in the 20th Century. The deal that was made to allow gerrymandering of districts to allow the election of minority persons to Congress was an important achievement. But the cost of that deal was that more Congressional Districts were made competitive for Republicans, resulting as we see today, and did in the 1990’s a Republican Congressional majority rendering the minorities powerless in this partisan era. We’ve come to a point in time where qualified candidates are judged not on their race but on their ideas. So, its time to move on and eliminate the gerrymandering. We could also stop affirmative action programs for the same reason. Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, Barack Obama and others would or should agree.


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