Redistricting: Redrawing Congressional and Legislative Districts

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With the 2020 U.S. Census data now available, Maryland will begin the process of redrawing its 8 U.S. congressional and 47 state legislative districts. 

Your Voice in the Redistricting Process

Beginning with the special legislative session in December, and continuing through the regular legislative session in January 2022, the Maryland Senate, House of Delegates, and Governor will collaborate on how state legislative districts will be drawn. To get input from citizens on how these boundaries should be decided, the state has formed redistricting commissions that will meet periodically to hear from residents. AFT-Maryland members should have their voices heard by participating in these meetings.

  • The Legislative Commission on Redistricting had its first meeting on August 31, 2021 to talk through the process. Click here to watch the recording of that meeting. Upcoming meetings can be found on the MGALEG website, along with how you can sign up to let the commission know your priorities:  mgaleg.maryland.gov
  • The Governor also has a redistricting committee. They will meet regularly throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall. You can also find more information on Governor Hogan’s Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission website, including a meeting schedule and instructions on how to participate at https://redistricting.maryland.gov/ 
  • On September 23 at 6:30 p.m., our coalition partners at the League of Women Voters and The People’s Maps Maryland will hold an open town hall on redistricting in the state, and pointers for how you can advocate for your voice and the voice of people in your community as the state decides how district maps will be drawn.

    Click here to register for this Zoom event.

 


How do commissioners, elected officials, and experts make decisions on how the districts are redrawn?

In theory, the redrawing of district lines is meant to keep “communities of shared interest” intact, to help ensure the communities have a voice in government. However, in practice, districts have historically been redrawn to dilute the voices of certain communities, particularly minority communities.

Educate Yourself! This video, put together by our friends at CHARGE hub (NAACP, Common Cause, League of Women Voters) talks about how districts have been drawn historically, and what you can do to help ensure districts in Maryland are drawn fairly.
​​​​​​ https://www.redistrictingcommunitycollege.com/redistricting-community-college

Learn how to use your voice! On Thursday, September 9th from 6-8 p.m., our friends at Common Cause will host a teach-in on how districts have historically been redrawn, and what you can do to effectively advocate for your community in the redistricting process.
Click here to RSVP: https://bit.ly/3xFgl13 

You draw the maps! Here are two fun games you can utilize for free, to think about how YOU would redraw Maryland’s new districts.

https://districtr.org/
https://davesredistricting.org

Click here for YouTube tutorials on how to use the Dave’s Redistricting tool.