Baltimore County: Uphold the Voting Rights Act

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Together, let's embrace the historic opportunity to ensure the Baltimore County Council makes the right decision to protect the rights of Black voters and to uphold the voting rights act. The members have the power to promote equitable representation on the Council and to stop minority vote dilution.

We need you to let Baltimore County Council Members know that upholding the Voting Rights Act is required, not an option.

Please take action now.

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Baltimore County Council Members

Uphold the Voting Rights Act in Baltimore County. Overall and detail maps of NAACP-ACLU proposed districts with two that are Black majority.
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Dear Baltimore County Council Member,

You have the power to promote equitable representation on the council and to stop minority vote dilution. Together, let’s embrace the historic opportunity to ensure the rights of Black voters are protected and the Voting Rights Act is upheld in Baltimore County.

Expert analysis shows that over the last two decades, racial diversity in Baltimore County has increased substantially, with Black, Latinx, and Asian populations each growing significantly. Now, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color residents make up 47 percent of the County’s voting age population – up from 25 percent in 2000 and from 35 percent in 2010. And Black voters are 30 percent.

It is unacceptable that the County Council's current proposed plan would maintain a white voting-age majority or plurality in six of seven Council districts by “packing” a supermajority of Black voters into its single majority Black district, and splitting remaining Black voters into majority-white and plurality-white districts. The U.S. Supreme Court has counseled against both tactics.

Thankfully, there are many options to do right by Black voters and to uphold the Voting Rights Act, a few of which have been shared with the council by community groups. I urge you to take these alternative proposals seriously and pass an equitable redistricting plan.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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