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Governor appoints commission to study redistricting

August 7th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Larry Hogan created a commission Thursday to study legislative redistricting reform in Maryland, which critics say has some of the nation’s most gerrymandered congressional districts.

The 11-member panel will review approaches in other states that have established independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions. A report is slated to be completed by Nov. 3.

While Democrats have a 2-1 advantage in voter registration, the state’s eight seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are now filled by seven Democrats and one Republican. Hogan said the strong tilt to Democrats is a direct result of congressional maps that have been drawn by Democrats to strengthen their numbers.

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