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Redistricting to be on November ballot

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland State Board of Elections official said Wednesday that opponents of Maryland’s congressional redistricting map have acquired enough signatures to give voters a chance to reject the map in November.

Donna Duncan, the board’s election management director, said 56,323 signatures had been validated as of Wednesday afternoon. Opponents needed 55,736 to put the map on the ballot. Duncan said there are still about 2,900 signatures to be verified.

Critics say the map approved by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly has been gerrymandered to favor Democrats at the expense of fair representation, while Democratic supporters say the changes reflect demographic shifts in the state’s population.