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Time for an Independent Redistricting Commission for Maryland

A letter to the editor from Antonio Campbell, president of Marylanders for Coherent & Fair Representation.

Over a year ago, Marylanders for Coherent and Fair Representation was formed as a 501c4 non-partisan organization to begin a dialogue of how the Congressional Districts of the State of Maryland should be drawn.  Last fall, through the federal court case, we argued that a 3rd Majority-minority coalition district of African-Americans and Latino voters should be created in the suburbs of the District of Columbia.

Earlier this year, MCFR began the petition effort to place the map before the voters of Maryland.  After four months, with a lot of hard work by hundreds of dedicated volunteers, we were successful turning in over 65,000 signatures in July.

This past week, several Democratic elected officials including the Comptroller of the State of Maryland, joined their Republican counterparts to denounce the gerrymandered Congressional District map and are actively campaigning against Question 5.  MCFR is thrilled that people from across the partisan spectrum have chosen to speak with one voice against this map which serves to disenfranchise Latinos, African-Americans, the citizens of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties as well as breaking up communities of interests by splitting Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties into four different Congressional districts.

However, the end goal of this fourteen month process has not been only the defeat of the Congressional District map; it has always been the goal of this process to create an Independent Redistricting Commission to have fair and coherent representation for every citizen of the State of Maryland.  Gerrymandering, in every form - Republican or Democrat, takes away the sovereign right of the govern to choose their representatives; instead, you have a chosen few who are able choose their targeted voter constituency by carving up Maryland like it is a Thanksgiving turkey. 

Voting Against Question 5 will allow the voters to choose our Representatives.  If you want good government, vote against Question 5!

Jim T October 17, 2012 at 07:34 PM
So everybody should have your way of leadership? No room in your world for a 2 party system? There's a few countries that you can try out if you like one way of leardership.
Steve October 17, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I love these Republicans and the names they give their partisan astroturf groups......"Marylanders for Coherent & Fair Representation." Who do they think they are fooling?
FIFA October 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Sorry Jim T, you either fix it simultaneously in every stae or leave it alone. No cherry picking.
Chillin October 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I agree with Mr. Pierce. Let the computer do the thinking or lack thereof. Very little computing needed. Simply enter several requirements... starting with the population of people in the state. Computer determines number of districts. Then computer breaks up the state map into square mile grids. Each grid carries a value according to the population within it. The computer assigns each square to a district with each district having the same value and ultimately shaped mass instead of looking like in blots from Dr. Sigmund Frued's laboratory. No social engineering involved. No D, no R, no color, no race, no gender. Just plain ole citizens are counted.
Chillin October 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM
If anyone doesn't like the district they are living in they can move to one that they do like. Just like when parents move to a neighborhood that has the best school for their child. The present system of redistricting is as wrong as the sytem that considers school districts. School districts are also wildly drawn regularly to account for students ethnicity, social status etc. Leave all the social engineering crap out of all these processes. Nature will find its course with humans as it does in the animal kingdom.

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