Redistricting Requirements for Maryland

  1. Constitutional Citations
    • Congressional Redistricting: None
    • Legislative Redistricting: Article III, 5
  2. Statutory Citations
    • Description of Current Congressional Districts: Md. Code Ann., Art. 33, 22-1 to 22-10
    • Description of Current Legislative Districts: Md. State Gov't Code Ann. 2-202 to 2-205
    • Other Statutes Governing Congressional or Legislative Redistricting Procedure: None

 

  1. Congressional Districts
    • Present Number: 8
    • Prospective Number after 2000 Census: 8
  2. State Legislative Districts
    • Senate
      Number of Districts: 47
      Number of Multimember Districts: 0
      Largest Number of Seats in a District: 1

    • House of Delegates
      Number of Districts: 63
      Number of Multimember Districts: 44
      Largest Number of Seats in a District: 3

    • House Districts Nested within Senate Districts? Yes
  3. Redistricting Requirements
    • Initial Responsibility for Drawing Congressional Districts: Constitution and statutes are silent.
    • Initial Responsibility for Drawing Legislative Districts: Governor
    • Legislative Committee Responsible for Redistricting: Standing Committee in each house, not yet designated.
    • Advisory committee used in 1980s & 1990s.
    • Gubernatorial Veto Power Over Congressional Plan? Yes
    • Gubernatorial Veto Power over Legislative Plan? No
  4. Redistricting Deadlines
    • Congressional Deadline: None
      Basis for Deadline: N/A
      Effect of Failure to Meet Deadline: N/A

    • Legislative Deadline: Governor submits plan to legislature on first day of regular session in second year following census.
      Legislature has 45 days to amend and adopt plan or adopt one of their own.
      Basis for Deadline: Constitution
      Effect of Failure to Meet Deadline: Plan, as introduced by Governor, goes into effect.

  5. Voting Rights Act Information for the 1990s
    • Preclearance Required? No
    • Justice Department Objection to Plans? N/A
  6. State Contacts
    Karl Aro
    Executive Director
    Dept. of Legislative Services
    90 State Circle
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    (410) 946-5200
    (410) 841-3764 Fax
    karo@mlis.state.md.us
    Nasrin Rahman
    Manager, Redistricting
    Maryland Department of Planning
    301 West Preston Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    (410) 767-4211
    (410) 767-4480 Fax
    nrahman@mdp.state.md.us

     

This page was last updated: 2011-05-25