Pictured: All four currently proposed maps from the Maryland Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gerrymandering has historically been a problem in Maryland, seeing maps in the past face lawsuits over districts that are abnormally shaped. Now, experts are concerned that the trend may continue.

A team of bipartisan experts from the Princeton University Gerrymandering Project gave the General Assembly’s Redistricting Advisory Commission’s recently proposed congressional maps an ‘F’ grade for their severe gerrymandering favoring Democrats.

Pictured: Adopted Congressional Districts from 2011

The Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission, comprised of almost entirely incumbent legislators, recently published four maps. Two of these maps put a Republican member of Congress in a Democratic majority district. All four maps would then favor Democrats, to the point it would lead to seven or eight Democrats in Congress, of the total eight available seats in the state.

Some may recall the gerrymandering problems that arose in 2010 when former Governor Martin O’Malley[D] admitted to drawing maps to give Democrats an extra congressional seat. At the time, the data firm hired to create the maps allegedly drafted a map that would likely have given Democrats an 8-0 majority in Congress, as reported by The Atlantic in 2017. Although that map was never utilized, Democrats did end up ousting one of the two seated Republicans in the Maryland Congressional Delegation through redistricting that year.

Draft Map 1

Draft Map 2

Draft Map 3

Draft Map 4

Fast forward to now, Princeton has graded all four draft maps an ‘F’ for fairness, a ‘C’ for competitiveness, and an ‘F’ for geographic makeup. The maps would likely give at least a 6-2 advantage for Democrats in Congress and a 30-17 advantage for Democrats in the State Senate.

Meanwhile, the Citizen Redistricting Commission and Governor Hogan released a map that received an ‘A’ from Princeton’s bipartisan grading scale.

Pictured: Proposed Citizen Redistricting Commission’s Congressional Map.

“You don’t have to be an expert to figure out the obvious: the people’s maps were drawn to fairly represent our state, while the partisan politician maps were drawn in a backroom to keep their own power and pick their own voters,” Hogan said in a statement to Fox News.

A representative for the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission did not have a comment on this matter.

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