Thursday, November 08, 2018

Federal Court Rules Maryland 6th District Violates Constitution

On Wednesday, a three-judge federal court panel ruled that Maryland unconstitutionally drew the boundary lines for the 6th Congressional District. The decision, which comes one day after the midterm elections, requires Maryland to submit new boundary lines for the 6th and contiguous districts by March 7, 2019.
Governor Larry Hogan, who was reelected for a second term on Tuesday, made the following statement about the decision:
This is a victory for the vast majority of Marylanders who want free and fair elections and the numerous advocates from across the political spectrum who have been fighting partisan gerrymandering in our state for decades. With this unanimous ruling, the federal court is confirming what we in Maryland have known for a long time — that we have the most gerrymandered districts in the country, they were drawn this way for partisan reasons, and they violate Marylanders’ constitutional rights.