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Politics-free redistricting is the right thing to do | READER COMMENTARY

Gov. Larry Hogan with a map of Maryland's Third Congressional District, considered among the most gerrymandered in the country.
Gov. Larry Hogan with a map of Maryland's Third Congressional District, considered among the most gerrymandered in the country. (Michael Dresser/Baltimore Sun)

Your recent editorial concerning congressional redistricting was not surprising but extremely disconcerting (”Congressional redistricting: How do we get a rational map?” Jan. 13). You agree with Gov. Larry Hogan that a better redistricting process is needed in Maryland but present a completely unprincipled argument that the state should not have a partisan redistricting process. What other states do or not do does not have any impact on what should be done. Just because other states have an undemocratic redistricting process does not argue that Maryland should follow suit.

Why not have a redistricting commission populated by citizens not members of either major political party with the guidance that the districts will be determined without regard to the politics, racial makeup, gender or any other aspect of the individuals in any district? What could be more fair? Why care about what other states do unless you are primarily interested in political power for Democrats, not basic principles of fairness for all citizens?

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David Griggs, Columbia

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