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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Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties

In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, June 23, at 6:00 pm for residents of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s 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…

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Redistricting Commission To Hold Regional Meeting for Cecil, Harford, and Carroll Counties

As a part of Governor Hogan's executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission is holding a regional meeting Wednesday, June 16 at 6 p.m. for residents of Cecil, Harford, and Carroll counties. The meeting will focus on redistricting in these three counties, but all Marylanders are welcome to participate according to the Commission's press release. In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that partisan-gerrymandering challenges to electoral maps are political questions and…

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Join NACo Thursday for a Federal Policy Update

On Thursday, May 20, 2021 the National Association of Counties (NACo) will host a national membership call to update counties on important federal policy. NACo Government Affairs staff will discuss several important legislative items that may be considered by Congress in the next few months including infrastructure, election reform, implementation of the American Rescue Plan, police reform and public lands issues. Call Details:Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021Time: 3:15 pm - 4:15 pmDial-In: RSVP here to receive dial-in…

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