redistricting

Michigan Capital
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The Michigan Republican Party and other Republicans have filed a lawsuit challenging the formation of a redistricting commission to draw congressional and legislative lines.

Michigan Capital
michigan.gov

Republican opponents of Michigan’s new independent redistricting commission are back in court.


Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's first Democratic secretary of state in more than 20 years gives her inaugural remarks.
WKAR

Michigan's top election official on Thursday released proposed application wording and eligibility guidelines for people wanting to serve on a new commission that will draw congressional and legislative districts instead of lawmakers.

Wikipedia

It’s all about politics, tariffs and the popular vote – read that as redistricting -- in June’s State of the State Podcast.

Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research fielded three well-known voices on the State of the State Podcast: Interim IPPSR Director Arnold Weinfeld, economist Charles Ballard and Corwin Smidt, associate professor of political science.


Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's first Democratic secretary of state in more than 20 years gives her inaugural remarks.
WKAR

Michigan's secretary of state is proposing to settle a redistricting lawsuit by redrawing at least 11 state House districts for the 2020 election.

Current State for Oct. 27-28, 2018

Oct 26, 2018

A politics packed Current State: legalization of marijuana in Michigan; Williamston School Board recall over safety for LGBTQ students; Fight to stop partisan gerrymandering and Conversations with all 6 gubernatorial candidates in Michigan.


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A national Democratic group is giving $250,000 to a Michigan ballot initiative that would create an independent commission to draw congressional and legislative maps instead of the Legislature.

Michigan voters this fall will get to decide whether to change how their state's congressional and legislative districts are drawn, the state Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday.

Cheyna Roth / NPRN

The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a challenge to a proposed November ballot initiative to change who draws congressional and legislative districts every decade.


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The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a rare summer session to determine whether voters will get a chance to change the way legislative districts are created.

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A group trying to get a redistricting measure on the November ballot says arguments against the measure by the state Attorney General are redundant.


WGVU

The Michigan Court of Appeals ordered Thursday that an anti-political gerrymandering measure be placed on the November ballot, rejecting opponents' contention that the proposed constitutional amendment is too expansive and does not list all sections that would be abrogated.

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A group with ties to the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is challenging a 2018 ballot initiative that aims to end political gerrymandering by empowering an independent commission to draw the state's congressional and legislative districts.

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Courtesy / U.S. House of Representatives

A grassroots group that’s trying to reform Michigan’s political redistricting process has reached a milestone. 

 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

In the 2016 election, Michigan House Republicans edged out Democrats by just 3,000 votes.  Yet, the GOP won more than 57 percent of all state House seats.  Their victory was the result of creative map making.

 

State legislative districts are drawn by whichever political party is in power.  Both Democrats and Republicans tend to draw those boundaries to consolidate their voting base.  The practice is called “gerrymandering,” and opponents say it diminishes the voice of the people.


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