Federal Judge Rules in Baltimore County’s Advocacy in the New Redistricting Plan – CBS Baltimore

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) – A federal judge on Thursday approved new court-ordered boundaries by Baltimore County for its seven congressional districts.

A coalition of groups, including the ACLU of Maryland, the Baltimore County branch of the NAACP, the Federation of Women Voters of Baltimore County, sued the county late last year, alleging an earlier proposal included only one county. where Blacks would have a majority of the electorate.

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In February, a federal judge throw out the previous map of the county and ordered the county to draw up new counties in compliance with the Voting Rights Act

The union accuses the new map of being biased, saying the new map does not address their concerns about representing voters of color.

Subject to the amendments provided by the council, District 2, which includes communities located just outside the northwestern border of the City of Baltimore, and District 4, along the Freedom Road corridor on the western side of the county, will have majority of the voting population is in the minority.

Only District 4 has a majority of Black voters, at 61.12%.

District 1, located in the southwestern part of the county, stretching from I-70 to I-95, would be roughly divided, with non-white voters making up the majority of the vote. Breaking down by race, white voters would make up a majority of 49.87%. Black voters will represent 27.39% of the voting population and Asian Americans will make up 11.16% of the vote.

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Districts 3, 5, 6 and 7 will have a white majority.

By county, white voters represent 55.12% of the population, compared with blacks at 28.62%, Asian Americans at 6.29% and Hispanics at 5.99%. Those who identified as being part of two or more races accounted for 3.27% of the voting population, and residents of “other” race were 0.44%. Native Americans and Pacific Islanders were 0.24% and 0.03% of the population, respectively.

When you include children, whites make up only a fraction of the population in the county, with 51.2%, and 48.19% of all county residents are non-white, with nearly 30% of the population being black people.

“On behalf of my Council colleagues, we are pleased that the Court has recognized the Council’s commitment to diversity and hard work in approving its latest Redistricting Plan. us,” said Baltimore County Councilmember Julian Jones. “As we have seen across the country recently, redistricting is an extremely difficult process and my colleagues and I have worked together to create a Court Approved Map. accepted, while at the same time remaining in line with the wishes of our community.”

The ACLU, which represents the plaintiffs, said the redrawn map has not changed enough and that it is considering next steps.

“Although the revised map that Baltimore County proposes is now better, better is not enough to meet the racial equity requirements of the Voting Rights Act,” the legal team said in a statement. . “The fact remains that the County has nearly a third of Black voters and almost half of Colored voters, but six of the seven council districts will continue to have a majority of white voters. How can it be fair? It cannot. We are considering our next steps. Our commitment to the rights of Baltimore County voters remains unwavering. ”

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The redraw map now goes back to the county council to be formally adopted. Federal Judge Rules in Baltimore County’s Advocacy in the New Redistricting Plan – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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