ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – A Maryland judge ruled Friday that the state’s new congressional map is unconstitutional, preventing the map from going into effect.
Judge Lynne Battaglia delivered the ruling following a trial last week in which Republican lawmakers argued that the congressional map of Maryland passed by the General Assembly in December violated the constitution by drawing sector favors Democrats, who control the legislature.
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“Limits to the undue extension of the power of any branch of government must be exercised to ensure that the will of the people is heard, regardless of where those rulers reside under the political system. any. Parliament’s plan for 2021 is unconstitutional and breaks the will of the governed,” wrote Battaglia.
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The judge added that she is ruling in favor of the plaintiffs by rejecting the map and “permanently banning its operation, while giving the General Assembly the opportunity to develop a new Congressional Plan in line with the Constitution.”
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An appeal by the state is almost certain. Raquel Coombs, a spokesman for the attorney general, said the office is reviewing the decision.
Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Fair Maps Maryland, which supports the lawsuit, praised the ruling.
“Judge Battaglia’s ruling confirms what we’ve known for years – Maryland is an unwarranted point to command, our counties and our political reality reflect that, and yes There’s a lot of evidence that it’s happening,” Mayer said. “Marylandians have fought for free and fair elections for decades, and for the first time in our state’s shameful history of electoral voting, we are on the brink of end it”.
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