A Maryland state court has ruled that a Democrat-drawn congressional map is an illegal partisan gerimander when it directs the state legislature to redraw boundaries before the 2022 election.
According to a Politico report, the districts were drawn by the Democrat-controlled legislature and passed by the VOA of GOP Governor Larry Hogan. If the new map is left as it is after the 2020 census, the state is likely to have an 8-0 democratic sweep in “blue-leaning years”.
Already, seven of the eight districts are strongholds of democracy, but the state has only one Republican district along its east coast, which is currently represented by the Rep. Andy Harris 6 The district was redrawn from tough Republicans to make it more competitive; President Joe Biden carries less than 1 percent of the new drawn version in 2020.
“Restrictions on the unwanted expansion of power by any branch of government must be exercised to ensure that the will of the people is heard, regardless of who is in power under any political placard,” said Judge Arundel County Sarkit, a senior judge working in Anne. , His opinion stated. “The 2021 congressional plan is unconstitutional, and undermines the will of those in power.”
His views – and perhaps – the Maryland Court of Appeals – may be appealed to the state’s highest court. Meanwhile, Bataglia has ordered the state legislature to redraw the maps by March 30, and he has set April 1 for a hearing on the re-mapped maps.
Bataglia previously served 15 years in the state’s highest court and retired in 2016. He was nominated for the role by the then Democratic Governor Paris Glendenning.
The verdict came in a joint decision from a pair of suits, including a challenge to a map backed by Fair Maps Maryland, an anti-germandering group led by a former Hogan adviser.
“The judge not only ruled in favor of our plaintiffs, but also confirmed that there are laws in the state of Maryland that apply to biased gerimandering, which the attorney general’s office strongly argued against,” the group said in an unsigned statement. Rule of Battaglia. “It will be huge news in its own right but combined with a favorable verdict, it is a political earthquake.”
Politico noted that the Maryland Court of Appeal had previously postponed the state’s primary election from late June to mid-July as part of a lawsuit challenging the state’s reconstituted legislature districts earlier this month.
Last month, a report noted that Republicans lost a lawsuit challenging redesigned congressional districts that they believed were misleading, the consequences of which could cost party House seats.
Democrat-controlled states have been able to successfully recapture congressional districts that closed off remaining GOP strongholds while Republican-led states have fought successful legal challenges on their maps – all of which could cost the president seats in Congress later this year when they expected Biden’s approval rating continues to do well in the midterm elections.
Historically, the party that did not hold the White House did well in the midterm elections, and Republicans were expected to do the same, but growing state Democrats seem to be using redistribution not only to strengthen the blue seats but also to find new seats through renewal. The districts have long been occupied by Republicans.
Republicans have lost the challenge of redrawing maps of North Carolina and New Jersey, while a team of GOP lawmakers has filed a lawsuit against a map signed by New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul. Republicans were also considering the challenge to the newly drawn map of Pennsylvania.
“From the outset, Democrats have made clear their intention to use a functioning judiciary for political gain, despite the open, transparent, constitutional process in the Republican-led legislature,” the North Carolina GOP said in a statement after upholding a state Supreme Court ruling. . “The NCGOP is awaiting another open, constitutional process for the legislature to redraw these maps, and sincerely hopes that the constitutional order will not be undermined again by the policy of writing Democrats from the bench.”
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