“Gerrymandering is a nationwide issue. There are probably half the states in the country have some degree of partisan gerrymandering,” said Randy Barber, Chair of the Democratic Central Committee for Washington County.
Much of the discussion Monday night at the Citizens Above Partisanship meeting dealt with gerrymandering. At the event, Barber spoke on behalf of himself and says there needs to be a nationwide standard for non partisan redistricting.
“The best thing to do is to turn it into some kind of non-partisan process,” said Barber.
There was even talk about the 6th district in Maryland. Back in November, federal judges ruled the state unconstitutionally redrew the district in favor of the Democrats.
“That was confirmed actually in depositions given particularly by Gov. Martin O’Malley,” said Len Lazarick, editor of MarylandReporter.com.
Now, an emergency commission appointed by the current Gov. of Maryland, Larry Hogan, has been tasked to redraw the line. The new proposed map includes all of Frederick County, parts of Carroll and Montgomery Counties, along with all of the three westernmost counties in Maryland.
The current map includes none of Carroll County and more of Montgomery County. For nearly 20 years, Roscoe Bartlett, a Republican, held that 6th congressional seat. Lazarick believes if the map had never been redrawn, Bartlett wouldn’t have lost.
“He wound up losing to Delaney and probably wouldn’t of lost to Delaney if it had been the same district that he had run in,” said Lazarick.