Md. Legislative Commission Releases Draft Congressional Maps
A set of four draft maps of congressional districts has been released by the Maryland Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission. The panel was appointed by Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones.
Two draft maps reportedly redraw the First District to include portions of Anne Arundel County, across Chesapeake Bay from its current boundary.
The commission plans to get more public comment. A legislative special session on redistricting is scheduled in December.
Governor Larry Hogan said there is already a set of fair maps drawn up by citizens through the Citizens Advisory Commission that he appointed, which held numerous hearings.
“Sadly, partisan politicians in Annapolis are now attempting to seize back control from the citizens for themselves, overriding the will of the overwhelming majority of Marylanders,” Hogan said in a statement. “All four of their draft maps that were drawn by politicians in a backroom would continue the extreme gerrymandering that has made a mockery of our electoral majority system for decades. To make matters worse, they won’t even let Marylanders see or comment on the legislative maps that they are continuing to hide.”
“At a time when our democracy is in a fragile state, Maryland must lead. It’s time to finally end partisan and unfair gerrymandering in our state.”
To view the legislative commission’s proposed maps, please CLICK HERE
To view the citizens commission’s proposed maps, please CLICK HERE