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    LWVMD Calls on LARC To Not Hide the Map Drawing Process

    LWVMD Calls on LRAC to Not Hide the Map Drawing Process.

    “The Maryland Citizen Redistricting Commission Releases Draft Congressional and Legislative District Maps”

    Media Contact Nikki Tyree, 410-269-0232 [email protected]

    Response from League of Women Voters of Maryland.

    The League of Women Voters of Maryland applauds the improved transparency and willingness to hear community voices of both of Maryland’s 2021 redistricting commissions, including the willingness to accept maps created by the public. However, the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission (LRAC), has not yet announced its intention to open the map-drawing process to the public. Further, the LRAC cannot get meaningful public input on its draft Congressional map unless it is released no later thanNovember 15.

    The bi-partisan Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission (LRAC), also tasked with drawing Maryland’s legislative and Congressional district lines, is still in the process of its public regional hearings despite being formed in July. We are concerned about the public’s ability to meaningfully observe the map-drawing process. In addition, meaningful feedback is also needed from the public on the first draft of LRAC’s proposed maps. Releasing the Congressional map after the last hearing on November 18 will leave only a week for the public to study it, and no time for the Commission to consider the people’s comments. We ask that the Commission release the Congressional map before the hearings are completed, no later than November 15.

    “If ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, then surely a draft map is worth more than statements like “we are committed to fair elections and representation for all Marylanders.” It’s time for the Legislative Commission to show us the dividing lines for the next ten years.” – Beth Hufnagel, Redistricting Committee Chair, League of Women Voters of Maryland

    The working meetings of the multi-partisan Maryland Citizen Redistricting Commission’s (MCRC), including the public process of actually drawing the maps, was a fascinating tutorial on the challenges and myriad choices of this process. The release of the MCRC’s proposed Congressional and state Legislative maps at the start of October will leave sufficient time for their four scheduled hearings during October to secure community feedback, and for the MCRC to consider the public’s comments before it sends the final maps to Governor Hogan.


    The League of Women Voters of Maryland implores the LRAC to not only listen to Maryland citizens during these hearings, but also to hear their constituents before they decide on what districts are best for communities they do not live in.

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  • Upcoming events

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM through October 23, 2021
    West Virginia to Washington DC

    Relay from West Virginia to DC for Freedom to Vote


    The Freedom to Vote Relay and Rally will take place on Oct 21, 22, and 23. The purpose of this three day event is to promote public awareness about the urgency of passing:

    • The Freedom to Vote Act (a revised For the People Act) would protect our voting rights, get big money out of politics, ensure fair districts, and help create a democracy that works for all of us.
    • The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would prevent states from passing further laws to erode the freedom to vote for BIPOC communities. 
    • And DC Statehood would enable the more than 700,000 people who live in Washington, D.C., who are a majority, people of color, to have a voice and a true vote.

    Bike riders can chose to ride just one segment, the entire 53.7 miles or something in between. If you don't want to ride, we need people to be at the various stops to pass out food and drink to the riders, flyers about the bills to others passing by, and give rides to bikers back to where they left their cars.

    You can sign up here to let us know how you can help. If you want to be part of the bike relay team, you can indicate the name as LWVMD. Feel free to ask your non-League friends to join you!

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 04:00 PM
    Virtual

    DEI Book Club

    Join LWVMD DEI Committees October Book club! This month we are reading Baltimore natives The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates. As always we are looking to continue our knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Register Here

     

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