From Del. Glen Glass:
Governor O’Malley’s appointed panel released their plan for new state Legislative Districts.
It shows more of the same….partisan and gerrymandering to decrease the number of Republican Districts. “Based on their proposed map, Cecil County will no longer be part of District 34A, leaving only Harford County. This is just one of many changes aimed at increasing the number of Democratic Districts and decreasing the number of Republican Districts in Maryland” states Delegate Glass. Here’s what the map does:
• Republicans are packed into overpopulated Districts in an effort to decrease the number of Republican Districts (32 Seats that are overpopulated by more than 4%, include 22 in Republican areas).
• Eastern Shore Districts are overpopulated by more than 18,000 voters, showing the Democratic leader’s continuing contempt and an effort to decrease the number of Republican Districts also.
• According to the plan, 43 Seats are under populated Democratic Districts by 4% or more, with only 1 of those Seats considered a Republican District, based on past election results.
• Despite the rapid growth in the African American population, they are deprived of Seats to protect Democrat incumbents with only a gain of 2 Seats. This is 2 Seats less than what was requested by the Maryland Black Legislative Caucus and 3 Seats less than what the Fannie Lou Hamer PAC requested.
Glass concludes: “This map clearly shows O’Malley and his Annapolis leadership who want to maintain their ability to strong-arm Marylanders with their tax and spend legislation. If this map goes into effect it will unfairly dilute the Republican and African American voters. It is my hope we can eventually have a more fairly distributed map with all Districts evenly numbered. But, based on the past record of this administration, if they have their way it won’t happen and will be “business as usual in Annapolis – one way”!
Delegate Glen Glass
House of Delegates