December Special Session May Loom to Tackle Congressional Re-Districting

Legislative leaders are considering a December special session to redraw Maryland's eight congressional districts, based on new census data. Maryland Matters has uncorked a story informally swirling about Annapolis in recent weeks - that the General Assembly is eyeing a late-2021 special session to pass a new congressional district map. From their story: By law, the Maryland General Assembly must redraw the state’s 47 legislative districts, to reflect population shifts, while meeting in regular session.…

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Governor’s Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Montgomery County Residents
The district map of Maryland as of 2013
Governor’s Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Montgomery County Residents

Per Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a virtual public meeting on Monday, July 21, at 6:00 pm for Montgomery County residents. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act of 1965 Respects natural boundaries and geographic integrity Does not…

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Montgomery County Commission on Redistricting Meets July 14

The sixth meeting of the Montgomery County Commission on Redistricting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, July 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be livestreamed on the Montgomery County Council's Facebook page. The Commission on Redistricting was established after the confirmation of 11 appointed members by the Council on Jan. 26. In the 2020 general election, the Montgomery County Charter was amended by the voters to require the County to be…

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President Ferguson, Speaker Jones Announce Legislative Redistricting Commission

Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones this week announced the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission, which is charged with redrawing Maryland’s new Congressional and Legislative district maps. Members will focus on developing new map configurations to best account for Maryland’s seven percent population growth. Karl Aro will serve as the Chair of the Commission. Mr. Aro, the former Executive Director of the non-partisan Department of Legislative Services, has 32 years of redistricting experience,…

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Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Baltimore County Residents

In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a virtual public meeting on Monday, July 12, at 6:00 pm for Baltimore County residents. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act of 1965 Respects natural boundaries and geographic integrity Does…

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Frederick Election Director to Retire After 31 Years of Service

After 31 years of service, Frederick County Election Director Stuart Harvey is set to retire. When he began his career in Montgomery County in 1990, voters used punch cards to cast their ballots. Office computers were in their infancy, and the internet was not yet a reality. Communications, besides office phones, were transmitted through pagers and fax machines. “It’s been a long and fascinating career, but now it’s time to take a moment and see…

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Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County

In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, July 7, at 6:00 pm for residents of Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County and Howard County. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act of 1965…

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Should School Superintendents Be Elected?

Two Maryland Delegates are "starting a conversation" about the role of county Superintendent of Schools - suggesting the role should be elected, rather than appointed. Two Delegates representing districts north of Baltimore are discussing potential statewide legislation to establish the Superintendent of Schools position for each county become an elected, rather than appointed position. From coverage on the Fox 45 website: “We know what the County Executive’s platform is, we know what the Sheriff’s platform…

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Local Election Officials: Fund New Pollbooks 50/50 State/County

Today, the Maryland Association of Election Officials (MAEO) and the Montgomery County Board of Elections sent letters urging that a pending funding request for new electronic pollbooks follow the same 50/50 state/county funding split as other comparable equipment since 2001. The State Board of Elections plans to replace electronic pollbooks -- which are used to check in voters at polling places across the state -- in time for the 2022 election cycle. While the State…

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Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Allegany, Garrett, Frederick, and Washington Counties

In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, June 30, at 6:00 pm for residents of Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act of 1965 Respects natural…

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