Governor Hogan is committed to free and fair elections. He has also been a vocal opponent of political gerrymandering. In 2015, Governor Hogan created the Redistricting Reform Commission to conduct a comprehensive study of redistricting in Maryland. This commission studied the various ways redistricting was being done throughout the country and proposed the concept of an independent commission here in Maryland. The final report from this study can be found here.
The main concept of the report and the basic tenet by which Governor Hogan approaches redistricting is that a nonpartisan effort is the best course of action. To accomplish this, he has issued an Executive Order
forming the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Commission is charged with revising the congressional and legislative district lines in a fair and impartial manner. The Commission will be composed of nine citizens: three registered Democrats, three registered Republicans, and three registered Non-Affiliated voters.
The process of redistricting occurs every 10 years following the decennial Census. The most recent Census concluded in October 2020 and planning for the redistricting of Maryland is now underway.
On January 12, 2021, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order forming the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Commission is charged with revising the congressional and legislative district lines in a fair and impartial manner.
On February 12th, the USCB released an announcement that the data used for redistricting will be distributed to the states “by September 30th”. The data was received on August 12, 2021 and was adjusted in compliance with Maryland law to have incarcerated individuals reallocated to their last known address. The adjusted data was released publicly on September 2, 2021. This reallocation process is required at the local and municipal level as well as the congressional and state level.
This site will provide you more information about reapportionment and redistricting to help you understand the process and be better informed. It will also allow the Commission to share valuable information with the residents of Maryland so that they can be engaged in the process from start to finish.
Please click here to sign up for alerts from the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission on matters such as Commission announcements, appointments and meetings.