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Maryland Comptroller Urges Voters To Reject Redistricting

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Maryland's Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging voters to reject the state's proposed congressional map when a referendum for it appears on the ballot next month.

He says the redistricting process has embarrassed the state and has further eroded public confidence in Maryland's political process.

The map was redrawn last year and approved in a special session by the state's Democrat-controlled General assembly.

Opponents of the redistricting say it has been gerrymandered to favor Democrats. They gathered enough petition signatures to put the map to a vote in November.

Democrats who support the map say it reflects demographic changes.

Speaking on WBAL, the comptroller said that although he IS a Democrat, he'd prefer to see his party win contests "that aren't fixed before the election.''

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