Congressional redistricting stretches common sense

August 24, 2011

While I was pleased to note that current redistricting in Maryland is going smoothly, I certainly did not see this when I, along with 100,000 more citizens, were forced out of the Eighth District in Maryland into the Fourth District where the eventual representative did not represent the concerns of her new constituency. The reapportionment was a classical display of gerrymandering with incomprehensible borders and a forced fit that could not be fitted.

Redistricting is fine when needed to accommodate population changes to make each district comparable in number, but to stretch common sense is doing so not only is an affront to those who are involved but deprives them of their voice in Congress.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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