Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) is reaching out to a powerful Democrat in Congress — Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland — for help with redistricting reform.
In a letter to the lawmaker on Tuesday, Hogan recounts his years-long push to get the General Assembly to “eliminate gerrymandering and restore fairness in our electoral system.”
The Democrats who control the legislature did not act on Hogan’s proposals in his first term, nor did they consider the map that his redistricting commission drew this year to comply with a 2018 federal court order, for use in the 2020 election,
“I ask that you also support our efforts here in Maryland to create a fair redistricting process, free of political influence,” Hogan wrote. “Our collaboration on this critical shared priority would be a national model of an alternative to the divisive partisan politics that are sadly all too typical in today’s polarized political climate. With your support, I believe we can set things right in Maryland and nationally.”