Press Release - November 13, 2018
The League of Women Voters of Maryland and member Leagues across the state are celebrating the U.S. District Court’s November 7th decision to require our state to redraw the boundaries of the 6th Congressional District. The Court’s decision follows one day after voters in Michigan, Colorado and Missouri voted to get rid of Gerrymandered boundaries by margins of 61%, 71% and 62% respectively.Read more
LWVMD's years of work to reform Maryland's redistricting reform process has won recognition by LWVUS, and we have been awarded an $8,000 grant to educate the public from June 2018 through December 2018 - but the clock doesn't stop there! In fact, we'll just be getting to the most important time of year for legislative reform - the Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly!
There is a real urgency in Maryland to persuade our legislators to pass meaningful reform for our redistricting process during the 2019 session.
Since REAL REFORM can only be achieved through a constitutional amendment, we have to get redistricting reform on the ballot in 2020, before the next redistricting process starts in 2021.
A constitutional amendment MUST be voted on by the PEOPLE, meaning that the Maryland General Assembly has to pass legislation THIS NEXT session to get reform in motion that will make a difference when the next census triggers the redistricting process.
The 2020 census data is what informs the process of redistricting for the subsequent DECADE.
If nothing changes, we'll be stuck with the same old broken redistricting process we've had in Maryland for the previous 10 years!
And let's not forget how the state's legislative districts were drawn, with wandering fingers, and community slicing lines.
To ensure that we get a FAIR districting process in the next cycle, we have to act NOW. The clock is ticking!
Can you help? Let's see if we can MATCH the grant from LWVUS by the time session begins on January 9, 2019!
Research shows that 73 percent of Marylanders support having an independent commission draw district lines - that's 4,438,109 people! We can do this!Donate
Sign the pledge and tell the world you support redistricting reform in Maryland - before it's too late!
I support redistricting reform that includes:
1) A state redistricting process and standards that promote fair and effective representation in the state legislature and House of Representatives with maximum opportunity for public scrutiny
2) An independent citizens redistricting reform commission to carry out the redistricting process
3) Districting standards that require districts to be substantially equal population, geographic contiguity and geographic compactness
Make Every Vote Count - #FairMaps
What if you were told your vote wouldn't count for a full decade?
Would you be content to let others choose your elected representatives, heedless of your personal views?
What if those deciding weren't your neighbors but party politicians at the state level?
That's gerrymandering in a nutshell.
Effort supported in part by the LWV Education Fund
"Gerrymander" - the process of manipulating the drawing of election maps for political gain during the decennial redistricting process.
Want to find out what your gerrymander looks like? Click below to explore!
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The League of Women Voters of Maryland supports:
- A state redistricting process and standards that promote fair and effective representation in the state legislature and House of Representatives with maximum opportunity for public scrutiny.
- An independent commission as the preferred redistricting body. The membership of the redistricting commission should be multi-partisan, include unaffiliated voters, be geographically representative and not include any current state elected official.
- Standards on which the redistricting plan is based should include: substantially equal population, geographic contiguity and geographic compactness.
- Final approval by the General Assembly for the legislative and Congressional redistricting plans. An amendment to the Maryland Constitution affirming that the redistricting process for the House of Representatives should occur only once each ten years after the census.
- An amendment to the Maryland Constitution affirming that the redistricting process for the House of Representatives should occur only once every ten years after the census.
If you too support this position - Click the Clock Below to sign our support pledge Today
Ready to Learn More?
Click below for for access to the Redistricting Empowerment Toolkit
The information inside this toolkit will prepare you to slay your gerrymander & even help you teach others how to slay theirs! Check it out!
LWVMD has been working on the issue of Redistricting Reform for Many Years in Coalition with other groups in Maryland dedicated to a Fair Redistricting Process - This Coalition is known as Tame the Gerrymander - Just Click Below to Learn More about What Our Coalition's been Up To since the Maps were gerrymandered in 2011.
We need your valuable input to tell legislators this session what Marylanders really want to see change in redistricting in 2018.
There's no time for delay - What Would You Do?
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