Howard County legislators, with good reason, are strenuously protesting the proposed maps advanced by the Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee.
The plan splits the county into five Senate districts, only two of which would be controlled by Howard voters. Two of the remaining three districts would be controlled by Baltimore County voters; Carroll County voters would command the other district. All told, only four of the county's 14 delegates would call Howard home.
Howard, owing to its central location between Baltimore and Washington, already shares electoral districts with Prince George's, Montgomery and Carroll counties. And for the most part, the new pairings link compatible communities of interest. Still, the overall effect is highly dilutive. It puts a huge chunk of the county's voters in districts they cannot control. It also splits the county seat, Ellicott City, into three districts.