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Pollsters Says There’s A Real Appetite For MD Redistricting Reform

January 30th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Goucher College pollster Mileah Kromer says there's a real appetite in Maryland for redistricting reform. Nonpartisan redistricting, a cause long championed by Republican Governor  Larry Hogan, is something that's seen little progress in the Democratic General Assembly.  However, in a Goucher poll last spring, 75 percent of registered voters said Maryland's redistricting process should be handled by an independent commission.  Republicans have argued that the state’s 6th Congressional District- Western Maryland- is one of the more gerrymandered in the nation. In 2012 it was changed  from solid "red" to mostly "blue"- which many claim led to the  defeat of longtime incumbent Republican Representative Roscoe Bartlett (MD-6) by Democrat John Delaney. Kromer says it’s understandable why the GOP feels cheated by the change…





 

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