New Ballot Committee Looking To Amend Michigan Constitution

Associated Press

LANSING (AP) — A new group aims to get support for a constitutional amendment that would change how Michigan draws legislative and congressional district lines.

The nonpartisan Voters Not Politicians group wants to amend the constitution to change the redistricting process and create an independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission that would redraw district lines.

Committee spokesperson Katie Fahey says the group plans to hold town halls across the state in Alpena, Detroit and Petoskey to get feedback from residents on what they would like to see in a ballot referendum.

Fahey says the language would stress representation of minority communities and having districts be compact and contiguous.

Republicans controlled the redistricting process after the 2010 census. They have a majority in the state House and Senate, as well as most state congressional seats.

 

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  1. Well, the Legislature brought this on itself. It doesn’t matter which party was in power at the time the districts were re-drawn. They always gerrymandered them to favor themselves. Now, it is time for a responsible group to draw the districts to follow the law and serve the voters.

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