Most Detrimental Ballot Question to Pass in MD
Most Detrimental: Question 5—Congressional Districting Plan
Gerrymandering has been used for 200 years to undermine political competition. Maryland’s 6th congressional district is a prime example of political gerrymandering, where Annapolis Democrats carved the districts in a way that would enable them to pick up another House seat.
If voters had rejected Question 5, it would have sent a message back to O’Malley, that voters have had enough with partisan gerrymandering. But, Question 5 passed. However, question 5 passed.
For the next ten years, Maryland will have unfair and irrational districts, which means the current elected officials will have no competition. The support of Question 5 has left voters disenfranchised, communities broken up along district lines, and the political powers of minority voters are now diluted.