Bipartisan group submits briefs in support of state and congressional redistricting cases
Fair Maps Maryland, the nonpartisan organization dedicated to the abolition of partisan gerrymandering in Maryland, today announced the support of a bipartisan group of former governors, represented by the States United Democracy Center, in the ongoing court cases surrounding the state’s highly-partisan and illegally-gerrymandered redistricting maps.
Brief filed in the Maryland Court of Appeals
Brief filed in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
The group, including former North Carolina governor Michael Easley (D), former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld (R), and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman (R), submitted friend-of-the-court briefs in both Maryland’s legislative and congressional redistricting cases.
“Marylanders are grateful for the support of these governors and the States United Democracy Center for shining a national spotlight on our fight for free and fair elections,” said Fair Maps Maryland spokesman Doug Mayer. “Ending gerrymandering isn’t a partisan issue, it’s something that people from all political backgrounds support and it’s far past time to end it here in Maryland.”
The briefs, filed in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County and the Maryland Court of Appeals, supports plaintiff’s claims that Maryland’s extreme partisan gerrymandering violates the state’s Constitution and Declaration of Rights. In the brief submitted to the Court of Appeals, the governors write:
“[When] the political party in power uses the districting process to entrench its power—and insulate itself from voters who do not support it—it unfairly tilts the democratic playing field against voters who support the political party not currently in power. As the North Carolina and Pennsylvania Supreme Courts have recently recognized in challenges based on constitutional provisions similar to the ones involved here, extreme partisan gerrymandering violates the principles of free elections and equal protection, and the freedoms of speech and association. Far from engaging in improper politicking or legislating from the bench, protecting voters’ rights from entrenched legislative majorities is fundamentally an appropriate judicial activity.”