Parrott: Considering a challenge to Congressional map
Del. Neil C. Parrott, a Washington County Republican, said this afternoon that he is "talking to different people" about the feasibility of protesting the map and expects to make a decision "fairly quickly."
Parrott launched a group called MDPetitions.com in April which used an online tool to collect and verify signatures on petitions opposing a law that would have granted in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. The group collected nearly twice as many signatures as needed, though their efforts are being challenged in court now.
Parrott acknowledged that the Congressional map does not stir the same passion that the in-state bill produced. Still, he said, that when he talks to voters about the map they quickly become upset. Under the General Assembly passed map, Western Maryland's longtime conservative district becomes much more liberal.
Also, Parrott said, voters in Anne Arundel County are upset that they are split among four Congressional districts. And civil rights groups have raised concerns that minority votes were diluted in Montgomery County to allow the ruling Democrats to have a chance at picking up a seventh Maryland seat in Congress.
For regular bills, like the in-state legislation, the law was suspended once enough valid signatures were gathered to put it on the 2012 ballot.