ANNAPOLIS — Legislative maps now before the General Assembly drafted by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will only change district numbers for Somerset County voters as it continues to be a unified voting bloc for both delegate and senator.
Governor Larry Hogan submitted the maps Jan. 12 at the start of the 90-day session, saying they do not consider voter registration or party affiliations, but are “fair maps...that are geographically compact.”
Somerset County voters are now in District 38C when electing a state senator, a seat now held by Sen. Mary Beth Carozza, but that would change to District 47. The proposal also takes in all of Worcester County, and the eastern half of Wicomico County.
For House of Delegates, District 38A Delegate Charles Otto would fall into newly-numbered District 47B and include the lower third of Worcester County.
“They also do not take into account in any way where any incumbent or candidate for office happens to reside,” the Gov. said. “I urge the General Assembly to adopt these fair maps immediately.”