Jolene Ivey

Maryland election law needs a serious upgrade

Maryland election law needs a serious upgrade

There are some big things that are wrong with the way Marylanders elect candidates to office. We hand the drawing of legislative and congressional district lines to self-interested politicians who abuse the process to bolster their political parties, reward friends and punish enemies. And we have a campaign finance system that magnifies the influence of wealthy special interests. Those are foundational problems in our political system, and the possible solutions to them — redistricting reform and publicly financed campaigns — have proven to be difficult to enact.

But this year’s elections have uncovered some dumb problems that are eminently fixable.

For the last several weeks,...

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