Posted On: October 23, 2012 by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.

Restricting Off the Ballot Lawsuit Fails

A deeply divided Maryland high court agreed to allow us to vote on congressional redistricting plan.

The plaintiff are the some of the powers that be among Maryland democrats: Dennis Whitley III (who gets his name on the case), Matthew Thomas, Anne Neal and Karren Jo Pope-Onwukwe.

Basically, the referendum’s opponents wanted the court to throw out some of the petitions that had been signed to bring this issue to the voters. But I would be lying if I said I fully understood it.

The court also agreed - unanimously on this one - that on-line petitions are okay. So at least we are in 2012 on that one.

I have no real opinion on redistricting except to say it is one of those issues that probably should be voted on by the people. I also think that generally Democrats should be in favor of giving the people a chance to be heard. I'm sure these plaintiffs would agree.. unless it is something they want off the ballot in which case the people should put a sock in it.

You can find the opinion here and the oral arguments here.

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