Some Maryland lawmakers want to put the state's Congressional redistricting map up for referendum this year, giving voters a chance to weigh in on the effort in November. Del. Neil Parrott (R) kicked off a referendum petition drive yesterday in Annapolis.
Republicans have been especially critical of the redrawn 6th Congressional District in western Maryland. The new lines include a significant portion of Montgomery County, which has a much more Democratic population than other parts of the 6th District.
Parrott is also the organizer of MDPetitions.com, a site that played a prominent role in getting a bill on the ballot last year. That bill would have allowed in-state tuition at state colleges and universities for some illegal immigrants.
Organizers of the drive would need to gather almost 54,000 valid signatures to put the redistricting matter on the ballot.