Redistricting Baltimore County

Premier Voting and Civil Rights Experts Detail Minority Vote Dilution, Racially Polarized Voting, History of Racial Exclusion and Segregation

PRESS RELEASE FROM ACLU

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD – Late Wednesday, Black voters and civil rights organizations filed papers urging United Sates District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby to issue an injunction overturning Baltimore County’s racially discriminatory redistricting plan and requiring the County to reconfigure its election system in compliance with the Voting Rights Act.Arguing powerfully for why the plan should be blocked, the filing includes comprehensive expert analyses and maps from some of the nation’s top voting rights experts, an influential author and researcher on the racialized history of the Baltimore region, and a former NAACP president who has strongly advocated for civil rights in Baltimore County for over two decades. They explain how the County Council’s dilution of Black voters would illegally allow white voters, who make up barely half of the County’s population and will soon be a minority, to control six of the council’s seven seats for the next decade.

The filing begins:

This case calls for a straightforward, yet urgent and critically important, application of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Baltimore County’s burgeoning Black population (now 32 percent of the County’s overall population) and its Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) population (now 48 percent of the total) are sufficiently large and geographically compact to easily establish two majority-Black districts among the seven County Council districts, as well as a third “influence” district with population divided equally between white and BIPOC voters. Absent creation of these districts, racial polarization among voters will enable the white majority to override the will of minority voters and maintain Baltimore County’s nearly all-white government by diluting the influence of Black and BIPOC voters, discouraging Black candidacies, and preventing residents of color from electing their chosen representatives. . . . This is precisely the scenario Section 2 was intended to remedy.

 

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Expansion of County Council Seats

LWVBCo upcoming vote to expand County Council seats

LWV Baltimore County plans a vote on changing one of our positions at the 10 a.m. February 3, 2022 board meeting. 

We have a local position in favor of maintaining the current number of county council seats which was approved in 1992 and 2002. Since then, the population in Baltimore County has expanded significantly and the Black population is compressed into one councilmanic district, diluting their representation

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WE SUE TO DEFEND VOTING RIGHTS IN REDISTRICTING

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD – Today, a group of Baltimore County voters joined with the Baltimore County Branch of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters of Baltimore County, and Common Cause - Maryland in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the racially discriminatory and unlawful redistricting plan approved by the Baltimore County Council Monday evening. Despite a massive outcry from local voters and many options to create a fair plan offered by civil rights groups, the County Council voted for a plan that violates the racial fairness commands of the Voting Rights Act, which are meant to protect against diluting the voices of Black, Indigenous, and other Voters of Color, as well as BIPOC candidates. Black voters challenging the illegal redistricting plan are Charles Sydnor, Anthony Fugett, Dana Vickers Shelley, Danita Tolson, Sharon Blake, Gerald Morrison, and Niesha McCoy.

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Late Summer 2021

Vacinated and back in business!

During our summer board retreat we updated our programming, invigorated our focus, set new goals, and strengthened our motivations to make 2021-2021 our best year ever!

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, DEI, committee scheduled bimonthly meetings throughout the upcoming months. Our organization pledged to be more inclusive and supportive. We need volunteers for this goal.

Voter registration is underway with an energized committee. Already dates have been posted on our calendar for registering new voters. We strive to make voting accessible particularly to those in underserved communities. Check back for our progress!

Many members participated in the online Maryland Redistricting Commission (Maryland has some of the worst gerrymandered districts in the Country) and 2030 Baltimore County Master Plan meetings. Our work will continue through the fall watching this governmental process.

And stay tuned for our September events. Check our calendar for details. https://www.lwvbaltimorecounty.org/calendar_events

Thursday, 8/28 Voter Registration Online training.

Wednesday 9/8 New & Prospective Member Meet and Greet, 7 p.m. Register here.  Learn about our league and meet fellow members.

Tuesday, 9/28 National Voter Registration Day