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Conservative group seeks new vote on Maryland Congressional redistricting

March 22, 2013

An appeal filed by a conservative group in the state’s Court of Special Appeals on behalf of MDpetitions.com, a website led by Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, is seeking a new vote on November’s referendum on Congressional redistricting.

The measure ended up as a referendum on the ballot due to efforts by Parrott and other Republicans.

According to the appeal filed by Judicial Watch, the “ballot language gave the voters of Maryland no idea they were being asked to approve some of the most gerrymandered districts in the United States. The language (and therefore, the vote) was illegal and in violation of the Maryland Constitution because it failed to apprise voters of the true nature of the redistricting, and because it failed to inform voters of the broad scope of the changes to the existing congressional districts.

According to reports, a circuit court had earlier upheld the wording on the ballot.

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