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Anti-Gerrymandering Group Airing 1st TV Ad in Michigan

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An anti-gerrymandering group is airing its first TV ad in a campaign to persuade voters to change how Michigan congressional and legislative districts are drawn.

Voters Not Politicians launched the one-minute ad Tuesday.

The spot says letting state lawmakers choose the lines once a decade "undermines our democracy." The ad — which targets Republicans, Democrats and independents — says former President Ronald Reagan once called gerrymandering a "national disgrace."

The proposed constitutional amendment has been certified for the November ballot, but the Michigan Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit filed by a group backed by business interests.

Voters Not Politicians says it is airing a commercial now to raise awareness early on about the citizen-initiated measure.

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