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Lawsuit Could Impact 2018 Voting Map in Maryland

Mon, Jun 5, 2017

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has testified it was “part of my intent” to shift the 6th congressional district long held by a Republican to a Democrat, when the state redrew the state’s eight districts in 2011.

O’Malley’s April deposition in a federal lawsuit was recently made public.

O’Malley, a Democrat whose office held strong influence over redistricting, testified that while he intended to comply with the law, he also intended to “create a district where the people would be more likely to elect a Democrat than a Republican.”

The Republican incumbent, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, ended up losing in the newly drawn district.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege state officials redrew Maryland’s districts based on party registration and voting histories. They’re asking a three-judge panel to prevent the state from enforcing its congressional map.