Fannie Lou Hamer PAC Wants Maryland to Overturn Redistricting Law

1/23/2012, 3:56 p.m.

Fannie Lou Hamer PAC Wants Maryland to Overturn Redistricting Law

Plaintiffs have filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the decision by the three judge panel of Maryland's Federal Fourth Circuit Court upholding the State of Maryland 2012 Congressional Redistricting Law.

This appeal was filed Jan. 20 by Jason Torchinsky, an attorney with the law firm Holtzman Vogel PLLC.

The legal challenge will focus on the State of Maryland's application of census numbers within the framework of the prison count. Specifically, the nine plaintiffs will be challenging the legality of the prison law with respect to Congressional Redistricting statutory requirements.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee hopes that the Supreme Court will overturn the Maryland Congressional Redistricting Law and will require the Maryland General Assembly and the governor to redraw the Maryland Congressional Districts based upon the "unadjusted" census numbers.

This will have the effect of voiding out the Congressional Primary results if the election is held April 3. If the state of Maryland loses the case at the Supreme Court level and the April 3 primary has occurred, the net effect will be that a new election will be held solely for the eight (8) Congressional Districts.

This special election can only be held after the State of Maryland has created a new law redrawing the new boundaries of the new eight (8) Congressional Districts.