ICYMI: While Maryland squabbles, Utah progresses

DTL Staff| November 28th, 2018

Photo: Utah welcome sign.
Utah welcome sign. | Image Credit: D. Ramey Logan

It was a photo finish, but voters in deep-red Utah did pass the initiative to create an independent process for redistricting.

Took a while, though. In fact, the Thanksgiving turkeys were already thawing when official results confirmed that the measure had eked out a win —by a single percentage point.

The reform sets up a seven-member commission to draw a new map after the 2020 census, subject to approval in the state Legislature.

Across the country in blue Maryland, which hasn’t gone for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan created a commission to implement a court-ordered redraw of the 6th District, a district that is gerrymandered to, well,  Pennsylvanian proportions (with opposite results).

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, a Democrat, is fighting the court order with an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. It's unclear whether Hogan's commission will even end up doing anything.

Once again, voting-district reform asserts itself as an issue without party affiliation.