From Sen. Nancy Jacobs:
On this Election Day you will be deciding much more than your choice of a candidate when you enter the polls. It’s been hard not to notice the advertising blitz on ballot issues also being decided November 6th. But, there is one ballot question that has not received as much attention regarding Congressional Redistricting. Yet, I believe it may be a very important one.
First, let me make an important disclaimer. I am running for Congress in District 2 as the Republican nominee. The newly drawn lines for that district do add more registered Democrats. That, of course, puts the Democrat incumbent at an advantage. The lines were drawn by Democrat leaders in Annapolis who aren’t shy about admitting that it was their intent to keep their own party in office, restrict competition and hold on to power in our state.
This self-serving redistricting map is a total disservice to voters. Just looking at it makes you realize something is definitely wrong. District 3 and District 2 look like blood splatter patterns. District 2 drips across four counties and weaves into a small section of Baltimore City. I believe it is unconscionable for Democrats to impose their selfish motives on voters!
A survey of redistricting by a geographic firm in Philadelphia finds Maryland the most gerrymandered state in the nation. Most importantly, this move by Democrats has divided like communities, cut up towns and counties by crossing boundary lines and broken apart minority neighborhood voting strength. Marylanders should be able to vote in a district with neighbors who have common interests.
It’s time for voters, Republican, Democrat or Independent, to tell Democrat Leadership in Annapolis the people’s interests are more important than partisan politics. I also believe such power over many years creates a system ripe for corruption, laziness and greed.
It’s time to stand up and vote AGAINST Question 5.