Every 10 years, the federal government takes a census, which means they count all the people living in each area. After the census, each state draws new state and congressional boundary lines, and each county draws new county council or commissioner lines. This process is called redistricting. The new lines reflect changes in population.
After the boundary lines change, you might have a different:
- County district
- State legislative district
- Congressional district
You might also have different elected officials than you had before. If you vote on election day, you may vote at a different location. If you vote early, or if you vote by mail, then you won’t be affected by these new polling places.
Election officials have made the changes in the statewide voter registration database based on the new district lines.
Example: Jane Voter lives at 123 Main Street. Since 2012, she was in county council (or commissioner) district 1, legislative district 20, and congressional district 4. She also voted in the gym at the ABC Elementary School.
After the redistricting process, what has changed for Jane? Jane is still in county council (or commissioner) district 1, and she is still in State legislative district 20, but she is now in congressional district 3. Now Jane will vote for and have a different congressperson. Her election day polling place is now the neighborhood’s XYZ community center.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find my current districts and elected officials?
Use the State’s website, Who are my Elected Officials?, to find out your current districts and elected officials. This website will show your current districts and elected officials.
Did my districts change? Did my election day polling place change?
Our Voter Look-Up shows your new districts and your election day polling place.
If you vote in 2022, you will be voting for candidates running for these new districts. Candidates for these districts will be on your ballot in 2022. For county offices, the candidate who wins in the 2022 General Election will be your elected official starting in December 2022. For all other offices, the candidate who wins in the 2022 General Election will be your elected official starting in January 2023.
Remember that districts and election day polling places will only change for some voters. If any of your districts change, we will mail you a new voter registration card. Also, if your election day polling place changes, we will mail you a new voter registration card with your updated polling place information.
I’m a candidate for office. How do I receive information about my new district?
You can buy a list of voters in your new district. If you want to buy this list, please read how to purchase a list of voters.
Who draws the new boundary lines?
The Maryland legislature draws the new boundary lines. The final lines for congressional districts and legislative districts were challenged in the courts. The districts used in the 2022 and future elections have been approved by the courts.