Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is hoping to take the politics out of the redrawing of political districts by creating a nonpartisan citizens commission to set legislative and congressional boundaries for the 2022 elections.
Redistricting has been an issue for the Republican Hogan since he entered office in 2015, and he has tried to introduce reforms through the Democratic-majority General Assembly without success.
“Nowhere has gerrymandering been allowed to run more rampant than here in the state of Maryland,” said Hogan, announcing the establishment of the Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Gerrymandering is the centuries-old practice of one party drawing political boundaries to concentrate its voters in a district to gain an advantage or to disadvantage opponents.