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Maryland General Assembly

Rick Blatchford: Maryland should want to undo gerrymandering

Gov. Larry Hogan has begun efforts to bring the shapes of Maryland's congressional districts into some semblance of order. Although in the beginning some attention was given to the effort, media attention has now faded. Prior to 1990, the shape of Maryland's congressional districts made some degree of sense. They pretty much adhered to the principle that the shapes of districts should be compact and contiguous. Remember those words when you look at the current shapes of Maryland's districts. Originally, district boundaries generally followed traditional boundary guidelines such as streams, roads, county borders, etc. Any study of today's district boundary lines will...