Montgomery County Council redistricting applications due Monday

Panel will look at how to divide County Council districts

Applications for redistricting commission due Monday

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Montgomery County’s council districts could look different after a redistricting panel reviews them next year.

The county is accepting applications for its 11-person Commission on Redistricting, which will create a plan.

Applications are due Monday at 5 p.m. The positions must be filled by Feb. 1.

Each of the council’s five districts “shall be compact in form and be composed of adjoining territory.

The ballot questions in the upcoming election could change the number of council districts, but that would take effect for the 2022 council election, according to a county press release sent on Thursday.

There are two ballot questions for the Nov. 3 general election that concern the County Council’s structure.

Voters will face two proposals that could change the number of seats or structure of the council.

The council has nine seats — five elected by districts and four elected at-large, representing the entire county.

One ballot question was submitted by the council. One was placed on the ballot by a resident group’s petition.

• Question C was proposed by the council, spearheaded by Council Member Evan Glass. It calls for expanding the council from nine seats to 11 seats. Seven members would be elected by district. The other four seats would remain at large.

• Question D was placed on the ballot by petition by Nine Districts for MoCo, a local group of residents. It proposes changing the four at-large seats into seats elected by district. The council would stay at nine seats, with all nine elected by districts.

The redistricting commission must include at least one member but no more than four members of each political party that polled at least 15% of the total vote cast for all candidates for the council in the last preceding regular election.

In addition, the commission must have at least one member from each council district.

Anyone who holds elected office is not eligible to apply for the commission.

The commission will have until Nov. 15, 2021, to present a council district plan and a report explaining the plan.

A public hearing on the plan will be scheduled within 30 days after the plan is presented.

If no other law re-establishing the boundaries of the council districts has been enacted within 90 days of receiving the plan, then the commission’s plan will become law.

Resumes and cover letters must be sent to county.council@montgomerycounty.md.gov. or dropped off at the Office of the Montgomery County Council at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

Briana Adhikusuma can be reached at briana.adhikusuma@bethesdamagazine.com.

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