From Roy Whiteley, president of Marylanders For Fair Property Taxation:
President Boniface and Members of the Harford County Council
Unfortunately, we were unable to attend last evening’s Council hearing on the redistricting of Harford County. We would, however, like to contribute these brief comments for future consideration of the matter.
As we see the situation, it is not a matter of political party affiliation be they Republican, Democrat, or some splinter organization or who ends up with the political advantage in future elections any more than it is a matter of gender, race, religious affiliation, ethnicity, the number of voters who exercised their privilege or any other grouping you care to tag on the matter of apportioning the available potential voter population in a fair and equitable manner. The only thing that matters is a fair and equal distribution based on the existing population within a relatively closely related and homogeneous geographic area.
That being said, it appears the simplest method of achieving such a distribution or “redistricting” would be an impartial computerized plan based on population within a contiguous area. You have in County employment a very talented Chief Information Officer, namely Justus Eapen, and an able staff supporting him, that in a short period of time could develop a computer model that would apportion the eligible voter population without regard to any political aspects within the geographic confines of the defined number of districts of this county. We urge your consideration of this nonpolitical and simplistic solution to this redistricting question.
Thank You. Roy Whiteley