Redistricting Requirements for Maryland
- Constitutional Citations
- Congressional Redistricting: None
- Legislative Redistricting: Article III, § 5
- 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
State Legislative Districts
- Present Number: 8
- Prospective Number after 2000 Census: 8
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
- 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
Voting Rights Act Information for the 1990s
Preclearance Required? No
Justice Department Objection to Plans? N/A
- 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.
|Warren G. Deschenaux Jr.
||Manager, Maryland State Data Center|
|Dept. of Legislative Services
||Maryland Department of Planning|
|90 State Circle
||301 West Preston Street|
|Annapolis, MD 21401
||Baltimore, MD 21201|
||(410) 767-4480 Fax|