Maryland’s controversial legislative redistricting is again the target of bills designed to overhaul the process and make it less partisan.
Though very different in their scope and design, the bills have one thing in common: They are trying to introduce transparency and civic participation into the redistricting procedure, which now leaves the governor in control and the process wide open to political gerrymandering.
“Gerrymandering has been going on for a long time,” said Carol Ann Hecht, of the National Council of Jewish Women Annapolis Section. “Both parties do it, and it’s wrong. The citizens in this state know that the system is broken, and they don’t know what to do.”