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Redistricting map foes confident in referendum

ANNAPOLIS — Opponents of Maryland’s congressional redistricting map say they are confident they have submitted enough valid signatures to give voters a chance to reject it in November.

Del. Neil Parrott, R-Washington, and several other Republican lawmakers talked about their petition drive on Monday in Annapolis.

They say they submitted 65,722 signatures by Saturday’s midnight deadline.

Opponents need to have 55,736 valid signatures. Parrott says he’s confident enough signatures will be verified as valid by the Maryland State Board of Elections, based on the percentage of verified signatures submitted in the past.

Critics say Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s redistricting map, which was approved by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly late last year, has been gerrymandered to favor Democrats at the expense of fair representation.

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