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SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

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We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

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Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

Slay the Dragon Logo

SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

GET CAUGHT UP

Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

us map

Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

Maryland

Process

Maryland's state legislative districts are first drawn by the Governor and, typically, an advisory commission he appoints. The Governor must present this plan to the state Legislature on the first day of its regular session in 2022. The state Legislature also has the option of drawing its own districts, separate from the Governor's process. The state Legislature may adopt its own maps through a joint resolution, which requires no action by the Governor, so if the resolution passes, it is not subject to a gubernatorial veto. If the state Legislature fails to adopt its own plans within 45 days of the release of the Governor's maps, the Governor's maps are adopted.

Maryland's congressional districts are drawn by the state Legislature by ordinary statute, and are subject to the Governor's veto. The Legislature can override vetoes with a three-fifths vote in each chamber.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Maryland law requires that state legislative districts be compact, contiguous, and preserve political subdivisions. There are no state law requirements for drawing congressional districts.

Issues

In 2011, Maryland Democrats drew a congressional gerrymander to take the Sixth Congressional District from Republicans. This was the subject of a high-profile test case before the Supreme Court, Benisek v. Lamone.

In 2021, redistricting will be done under split-party control. There will be no elections between now and redistricting. Democrats have legislative supermajorities, opening the possibility that they could override of a veto by Republican Governor Larry Hogan. However, a switch of four Senate votes or fifteen votes in the House of Delegates would bring Democrats below supermajority threshold.

Currently, a number of bills have been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly to enact redistricting criteria. PGP organized a coalition letter of state-level reform organizations in support of the Fair Maps Act, a bill which includes protections for minorities and communities of interest. These criteria would apply to both state legislative and congressional districts. The latter currently have no constitutional requirements.

Actions

During redistricting, weigh in with your Delegate or state Senator. Emphasize the importance of a bipartisan plan that reflects all Marylanders' priorities, and of working with the Governor.

Use public input to persuade the Governor and Legislature to draw fair districts.

  • Obtain Maryland redistricting data from OpenPrecincts.

  • Use software tools such as Dave's Redistricting App and Districtr to draw district maps showing either (a) what a fair map would look like, or (b) where the community you believe should be better represented is located.

Contacts

Princeton Gerrymandering Project Data provided by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project

State Info

Congressional Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
State Boundaries: Drawn by governor and legislature
Legislative Control: Democratic
Governor's Political Party: Republican
Last Updated: Mar 13 2020