Fighting for fair maps and ending gerrymandering.
In a democracy, we are supposed to choose our elected representatives. However, in some instances, through sophisticated partisan gerrymandering tactics, our representatives are really choosing their voters. Election Day is when we get to have our say, and we need to reform the rules so every vote matters.
Every 10 years, in the year following the Census, state legislatures rearrange the boundaries of Congressional and legislative districts. To reduce political influence over those lines, a growing number of states are taking up bipartisan reforms such as Independent Redistricting Commissions to ensure that districts follow voters, not politicians. Maryland, as one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation, must join this movement.
Redistricting is supposed to reflect changes in population and ensure that everyone is fairly represented. But by manipulating the lines, moving friendly voters into pockets of strength and breaking up areas where they and their allies typically run weakest, members of the majority party — Democrat or Republican — can have a big impact on who’ll represent you in the statehouse and in Congress.
Common Cause Maryland is working to implement an Independent Redistricting Commission to ensure that the lines are drawn fairly and districts represent the communities they serve.
Join us in the fight for fair maps!