Drawing new boundaries for Maryland's congressional and state legislative districts is not an activity reserved for the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission) alone. You can do it too.
The Commission accepts and welcomes input and recommendations from the public via public hearings and has posted tools on its website that will allow anyone with a computer to recommend what new districts should look like.
Congressional and state legislative district boundary plans proposed by the public are referred to as Plan proposals. This guidebook provides information to prepare a Plan proposal to submit to the Commission for consideration.
The foundation of Maryland’s online tool is a software platform made by Caliper called
MORe (Maptitude Online for Redistricting). This platform is an established and proven mapping tool. The application provides features and functionality for plan management, visualization, editing, and community collaboration. For this reason, citizens are strongly encouraged to use the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission’s online tool to submit Plan proposals. However, plans submitted utilizing other mapping software will be accepted.
All redistricting plan proposals must be received by the Commission by close of business on September 24, 2021. If you want to provide live testimony with your submitted plan during Round 2 of the public meetings, your map(s) must be submitted by
September 17, 2021 at noon.
Once the Commission presents their recommended maps for Round 3, additional citizen map submissions will be accepted. Citizen map submissions for Round 3 should focus on suggested recommendations and revisions to the maps presented by the Commission. The deadline for these submissions will be posted soon.
<< Read the Plan Proposals Submission Guidelines >>
The deadline for Round 2 map submissions for consideration by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission has now passed. However, the online portal and email submissions will reopen in early October once the Commission presents their suggested maps to the public for Round 3 of public hearings, which begin October 6 and occur every Wednesday evening in October. At that time, the public will be able to submit recommended map plan modifications, suggestions and edits to the Commission's plans through the portal and via email. Thank you.
Online Redistricting Mapping Portal