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Gov. Larry Hogan accepts certified maps submitted by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission
Gov. Larry Hogan accepts certified maps submitted by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission
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Gov. Larry Hogan accepts certified maps submitted by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission
Maryland’s General Assembly will have the final say over three new redistricting maps.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday accepted the certified legislative and congressional maps submitted by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission.

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“This year is the first time ever in state history since 1790, when they did the first Census and redistricting, that Maryland has ever had a Republican governor during a redistricting cycle. So, one party has always had absolute power to carve up districts to benefit themselves,” Hogan said.

Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District is often referred to as a broken pterodactyl wing. State Democrats carved up the Sixth District after the 2010 Census. Critics contended at the time that it helped Democratic newcomer John Delaney defeat longtime Republican Incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in the 2012 election.
In January, Hogan reintroduced legislation creating a nonpartisan redistricting commission, which included three Republicans, three Democrats and three independents.
“We’re not interested in drawing Republican districts or Democratic districts. I want what nearly all Marylanders want, which is fair maps and fair districts,” Hogan said. “Their focus has been on fairness, transparency and accountability. And these maps actually respect natural boundaries, geographic integrity of our jurisdictions, communities and neighborhoods.”
The commission held 36 open public meetings and received 86 different map submissions.
Democratic leaders of the General Assembly announced a special session will be convened next month to address redistricting.
Democratic Senate President Bill Ferguson tweeted a statement Friday afternoon, saying: “After presenting Gov. Larry Hogan with a petition for special session, I’m excited to announce the General Assembly will be convening Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. I’m looking forward to advancing fair redistricting maps on behalf of all Marylanders.”
Democratic House Speaker Adrienne Jones tweeted a statement Friday afternoon, saying: “We take our Constitutional responsibility for redistricting seriously. With the future of democracy in question, we have no greater responsibility than to ensure that voters choose their own representatives and that those representatives look like the voters they serve.
“This morning, we officially presented the governor with 77 signatures to petition the House of Delegates into a special session on Dec. 6, 2021, at 10 a.m. in accordance with Article III, Section 14 of the Maryland Constitution.”
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