BALTIMORE (AP) — A hearing has been scheduled in federal court for a lawsuit against Maryland’s congressional redistricting map.
The hearing has been set for Dec. 20 in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.
The hearing will be held before a three-judge panel.
The panel includes Judge Paul Neimeyer, of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Alexander Williams, of Maryland, and Judge Roger Titus, of Maryland.
Titus wrote in a memo announcing the hearing that the court plans on publishing an opinion by the end of January and will discuss with the parties at the hearing any election dates that may need to be modified.
The lawsuit, which was brought by nine black voters, contends the map approved by the General Assembly in October dilutes the black vote in the state.
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