A three member congressional district?
Raskin's plan would into two "at large" congressional districts. One would be a "three member" congressional district and include much of western Maryland. The other would be a "five member" district, and encompass the rest of the state. (See photo.)
The plan, according to Raskin, will allow more minority candidates to win races. "We expect viable candidates across the political and demographic spectrum in both super-districts," according to a statement accompanying the map. "With a lower threshold for racial minority candidates to win a seat, there will be increased representation of racial minority communities and fairer representation for all."
Raskin said the plan will avoid the "extreme gerrymandering" currently at play in Maryland. The Senator, a professor in Constitutional law, acknowledges that the plan would require a change to federal law, and he said he is hoping the state's congressional delegation will help push the necessary legislation.
Raskin says that each state in the country should be able to "experiment with other voting systems."