ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 27, 2022)—Fair Maryland Maryland, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to the abolition of partisan gerrymandering, today released the following statement from spokesman Doug Mayer on the passage of the new Legislative District map created by the partisan Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission:

“You have to give the leadership of the Maryland General Assembly a lot of credit, they have been fully committed to voter suppression every step of the way. From maps created in secret and politicians drawing their own districts to holding sham public meetings and forcing party-line votes, to blatantly refusing to comply with Public Information Act requests, they have done everything in their power to uphold the status quo and continue rigging our voting system in their favor. After months of eschewing transparency at every turn, the only surprising thing about this vote is that they conducted it in public and not in the member lounge.

“As we have said from the start, gerrymandering is voter suppression. Not only is it wrong, but it’s also illegal, and the Maryland legislature is guilty of it. Fair Maps Maryland was created to fight for free and fair elections and today’s vote doesn’t change that. At this very moment, we have attorneys and election experts working on a lawsuit that will be filed in the Maryland Court of Appeals in the near future.

“We will not stop until we have done everything in our power to put an end to gerrymandering in Maryland once and for all.”

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