Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rep. Donna Edwards Launches Online Petition for Alternative Redistricting Plan // BREAKING: Alternative Map Voted Down

UPDATE: The Fannie Lou Hamer map amendment was just shot down with 0 Democratic votes. Note, this is different than the Rep. Edwards plan.  Now, the Edwards Alternative map just failed as an amendment with 26 Yea's and 107 Nay's. In the meantime, one source just flagged that there may be a remaining technical amendment: "Technical amendment? Jeez, that means we have to go back to the Senate." Details soon....

Ahead of the Maryland House of Delegates' looming debate on Governor O'Malley's redistricting plan, Rep. Donna Edwards has launched an online petition to support her alternative map. See her alert below, and note that her map is likely to be debated today in the Maryland House:
Dear Friends,

The Maryland Senate passed the redistricting plan Monday night, and the House of Delegates is expected to vote today.  It is important to make your voice heard.


Sign Petition and Support the Amendment to Congressional Redistricting Bill SB1

Why this is Important

SB1, the redistricting plan passed by the Maryland Senate is unfair to Montgomery County residents, especially those living in diverse East County neighborhoods like Silver Spring, Burtonsville and Briggs Chaney. These neighborhoods will be placed into an oddly shaped congressional district that stretches all the way to neighborhoods north of Baltimore City. An alternative is available that is fairer and will allow more Montgomery County residents to keep the same local congressional representation that they depend on. I urge you to support the amendment to SB1 and look forward to your response.

Click here to sign this petition and send an email to the Montgomery County delegation showing your support. 

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