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Maryland to receive redistricting data next week

Maryland will receive the detailed Census data that’s used to redraw congressional district boundaries next week.

Four states will get redistricting data this week, including Virginia, and Maryland is one of several scheduled to receive it next week. By law, all states must receive their redistricting data by April 1.

Maryland did not gain or lose any congressional seats as a result of the 2010 Census. The state’s population increased by 9 percent to 5.77 million.

Leading lawmakers have said they expect to tackle the issue of redistricting during a brief special session this summer. Political analysts say few major changes are likely because Maryland’s Democrat-controlled legislature will want to protect Democratic incumbents. Six of the state’s eight members of Congress are Democrats.