For Immediate Release
April 4, 2022m ANNAPOLIS, MD — We are relieved that Maryland’s Congressional map for the 2022 November election is one step closer to being finalized. The Anne Arundel Circuit Court is expected to rule soon on the new Congressional map signed by Governor Hogan today. Judge Battaglia will be considering only one additional change, not splitting Baltimore City into two districts, before making her final ruling.
The latest Congressional map scores significantly better than the original Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission’s map enacted in 2021. Both FiveThirtyEight https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/redistricting-2022-maps/maryland/ and PlanScore https://planscore.campaignlegal.org/maryland/#!2020-plan-ushouse-eg, a project of the non-profit, non-partisan Campaign Legal Center, have calculated that the latest Congressional map is significantly less biased toward the Democrats.
Of course, the boards of elections still can’t finalize the ballot, since we are waiting for a ruling about the constitutionality of the Legislative map by the Maryland Court of Appeals.
As Nancy Soreng, President of the League of Women Voters of Maryland said: “All of this chaos, last-minute intense work by the legislature, their staff, the state and local boards of elections and the courts could be avoided next time by enacting an independent redistricting commission with transparently chosen multi- partisan members and adequate funding. We hope that the elected representatives of Maryland will work with us over the next ten years to achieve a smooth census and redistricting process.”