BACKGROUND:

  • In 2003, the General Assembly enacted House Bill 290, which required the holding of a referendum during the November 2004 general election to allow voters to cast ballots for or against a proposed new form of government: the expansion of the Board of County Commissioners (“BCC”) from three to five members elected by the district.
  • In November of 2004, the referendum was put to a vote and passed.
  • A Redistricting Committee was seated and convened.
  • The Committee made a report recommending a redistricting map labeled “Option 2”.
  • The Carroll County Legislation Delegation to the General Assembly supported the redistricting map labeled “Option 1” which was ultimately passed by the General Assembly.
  • Section 3-101(e) of the Carroll County Code requires that the BCC appoint a new Redistricting Committee following the release of the decennial census to examine the Commissioner Districts based on the revised census data.
  • In June, 2011, a Redistricting Committee was appointed and put forth its recommendation to the Carroll County Legislative Delegation in December, 2011.  The Delegation chose not to adopt the Committee’s recommended map and maintained the status quo map.
  • In May, 2021, following the 2020 decennial census, the County Commissioners appointed a Redistricting Committee to examine the Commissioner Districts based on the revised census data.

THE CHARGE TO THE COMMITTEE:

  • The Committee is charged with reviewing the five existing Commissioner districts in the County based on the 2020 Census data to ensure that the districts continue to have a substantially equal population and preparing recommended revisions as necessary.  Such recommendations must be submitted by to the Carroll County Legislative Delegation to the General Assembly by December 1, 2021.

PROCESS:

  • The Committee welcomes and encourages public attendance and participation at each of its meetings. All meetings of the Redistricting Committee are subject to the Maryland Open Meetings Act and all communications, documents, etc. are subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
  • If changes are recommended, the Committee will create draft redistricting proposals for public review and comment.
  • If changes are recommended, the Committee will hold public hearings throughout the affected areas of the County to receive public comment on the draft redistricting proposals.
  • After the public hearings, the Committee will review and finalize its recommendations and forward them to the Carroll County Legislative Delegation.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

  • Written comments or suggestions may be mailed to the Committee and will be forwarded to Committee members by the County Attorney’s Office:
  • Carroll County Commissioner Redistricting Committee

c/o Department of the County Attorney
225 North Center Street, Suite 300
Westminster, Maryland  21157