New Law, Technology Freshen Maryland’s Redistricting Process

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(Afro) — It could drastically alter election results and affect who runs for public office. No, it’s not voting or a scandal. It’s redistricting.  And the practice that occurs after each decennial census is getting a few updates in Maryland this time around. A state law passed in April will change how prisoners are counted in political districts, and technology not widely available during last decade’s redistricting process will increase chances for public participation.  For the first time, Maryland, along with New York and Delaware, will use prisoners’ last known addresses, instead of their prison’s addresses, to determine congressional and legislative district populations and redraw the state’s political map.

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