Maryland’s process for redistricting both at the State and Federal levels has been difficult for many to understand. If it is determined by the Governor’s Redistricting Reform Commission that reform is necessary, then I hope that the following suggestions prove useful to you in your deliberations. The last sentence above is a critical first step. I believe that you must first determine whether reform is necessary or possible. Many would argue, on both sides of the political aisle, the system is broken beyond repair and reform is a foregone conclusion. That may very well be, but I would challenge you to actually make such a determination through careful analysis, and a review of the potential solutions.
Furthermore, this should occur not because the governor or a segment of the population calls for it, but instead on the principles of a fair and just electoral system that best serves voters.
If you determine reform is necessary, then I would ask you to focus on three areas of specific concern: (1) non-partisanship, (2) professionalism, and (3) reform in a national context.