Maryland's redistricting process is dominated by the governor, and for the last several decades, that has meant, for all practical purposes, that the lines have been drawn by a small group of Democratic insiders in a way that benefits the Democratic Party. After the 2000 census, then-Gov. Parris Glendening redrew the lines to shift Maryland's House of Representatives delegation from a 4-4 split between the parties to a 6-2 advantage for the Democrats. After the 2010 census, then Gov. Martin O'Malley's redistricting set the stage for Democrats to take seven of the eight seats. So long as Democrats were firmly in control of both the governor's seat and the legislature, there was no reason for anyone to listen to the complaints from good government types about contorted district lines. Allowing politicians to choose their voters rather than the other way around suited the powers-that-be just fine.