Anti-Gerrymandering Movement Gets New Life

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Maryland's 3rd, which has been likened to "blood spatter at a crime scene."
Maryland’s 3rd, which has been likened to “blood spatter at a crime scene.”

If you resent Maryland’s insanely gerrymandered congressional districts as much as I do, there are a couple reasons to be optimistic.

Not only did the U.S. Supreme Court recently rule that residents can vote to take the responsibility of drawing district boundaries away from state legislators and put it into the hands of an independent panel, but Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has been vocal in his support for such a move.

Oh, and people really care about it, too. The Washington Post reported on a demonstration against gerrymandering that went down on Thursday in Annapolis.

Voting districts must be redrawn every 10 years to accord with new census data, but in the hands of politicians it becomes an opportunity to exaggerate the power of certain voting blocs and dilute the power of others.

Recently, former Gov. Martin O’Malley and a Democrat-controlled General Assembly recently gerrymandered congressional voting districts to reduce Maryland’s Republican representation in Congress from two representatives to one.

Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District is considered one of the most gerrymandered in the country.

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