Urge MoCo Council to put Redistricting on Nov. ballot

Help us begin redistricting reform, starting at the local level.

BACKGROUND

The Montgomery County Council is reviewing a recommendation by the Charter Review Commission (CRC) to make modest changes to the redistricting procedure used to establish the county council districts to make the procedure more neutral.  The changes would amend the county charter, and therefore must be approved by the voters as a ballot measure in November. Council approval is required to place the measure on the ballot.

The League of Women Voters supports the CRC recommendation, saying the “modest proposal has the potential to create a less-partisan process for Montgomery County,” and plans to testify in support of placing this amendment on the November ballot at a public hearing on the recommendation Tuesday, July 10 at 1:30 pm.  LWVMC and DTMG encourages interested  individuals to write to County Councilmembers, attend the hearing, or sign up to testify in favor of putting the amendment on the November ballot.

PLEASE TAKE THESE ACTIONS

1 Contact your County Coucilmembers
WHAT: 
Ask them to place the Charter Review Commission’s recommended amendment to the redistricting procedure on the November ballot
WHEN: Before the hearing on July 10
HOW:
Contact Councilmembers individually by phone or email
OR send an email to the entire council


2 Attend the County Council’s public hearing
WHEN: Tuesday, July 10 at 1:30 pm
WHERE: County Council Office Building, Council Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850


3 Testify at the County Council’s July 10 public hearing
WHEN: Sign up to testify by Monday, July 9 by 5 pm
HOW: 
Sign up
online or call 240-777-7803.

CRC RECOMMENDATIONS

The current procedure for determining the boundaries of councilmanic districts calls for establishing a nine-member Redistricting Commission every ten years. Members are chosen from a list of candidates submitted by the Democratic and Republican Central Committees, plus one additional member appointed by the Council.  

The revised procedure recommended by the CRC

  • Expands the Redistricting Commission to eleven members, creating opportunities for unaffiliated voters–who now comprise 22% of the Montgomery County electorate–to participate
  • Replaces the role of the central committees in the nomination process with a self-nomination process that may result in more civic-minded and less-partisan commission members
  • Establishes a requirement that at least one member of the commission reside in each council district

More details may be found in the June 8, 2018 CRC report to the Council.

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