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The League of Women Voters supports an Independent Redistricting Commission (click here to see our position). We are pleased that Proposal 2, a constitutional amendment, was passed by Michigan voters in the November, 2018 election which authorizes the establishment of an impartial commission of voters (not politicians) who are charged with creating new district maps for state and congressional offices. The maps will be drawn after the 2020 census figures are available, and cannot favor one party or candidate. This commission will operate in a completely transparent manner and will create maps based on fair criteria.


Information about the Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission (MICRC)’s process, including meeting schedules, links to past meetings, commission information and timeline can be found here.


As observers of all of the MICRC hearings, the League of Women Voters has chosen to take action and make public comments several times concerning the Commission’s operation:


12-17-20: The League comments to the MICRC about it’s role to observe the meetings and assist with the Communities of Interest criteria.


5-7-21: The League asked the MICRC to clarify whether EDS, the firm awarded the map drawing contract, will start the process with the current maps or with Communities of Interest. Click here to read the comments.


6-9-21: The League filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Supreme Court in support of the MICRC’s proposed extended timeline for adopting final redistricting plans. The Redistricting Commission asked the Michigan Supreme Court for a deadline extension due to a delay in obtaining needed Census Bureau data caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the press release here.


6-16-21: A "half-way through the public heariings" press briefing took place featuring several of the MICRC Commissioners and LWV VP Sue Smith. Click here to watch the press briefing.


6-30-21: The League testified in front of the Commission concerning our opposition to beginning the map drawing process by using the current, gerrymandered maps. Read the testimony here.


7-9-21: The League issued a press release concerning the Michigan’s Supreme Court’s denial of a request by the MICRC to extend their deadline because of the delay in delivery of census data.


7-15-21: The League comments to the MICRC expressing our concern about the cancellation of MICRC meetings because of a lack of a quorum.

8-12-21: The League comments to the MICRC concerning the choice of Litigation Counsel.

8-19-21:  The League comments to the MICRC requesting public comments pertaining to agenda items be changed back to a direct email to the Commission.

8-25-21:  The Leage comments to the MICRC urging the Commission to review their mapping schedule since the current schedule does not allow enough time for the Detroit Metro region. 

8-31-21: Sue Smith, Vice President of LWVMI, participated in a press conference held by the MICRC to promote map drawing by citizens. 

10-11-21: LWVMI supports the maps drawn by Promote the Vote, one of our Coalition partners.  Along with a 10-11 press release, the League participated in a press conference to promote these equitable maps. 

LWVMI BELONGS TO PEOPLE POWERED FAIR MAPS

People Powered Fair Maps™ is a national redistricting program of the League of Women Voters focused on creating fair political maps nationwide in all 50 states + D.C. In June of 2019 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina that no fair test exists for courts to determine when partisan gerrymandering has gone too far. As a result, federal courts will be hands-off in the redistricting process even when new district lines are drawn to intentionally decrease the voting power of voters based solely on their political party. People Powered Fair Maps was launched in September 2019 to create fair and transparent, people-powered redistricting processes that eliminate partisan and racial gerrymandering nationwide.  For more information about this program, click here

Leagues across the state have undertaken a widespread educational effort to help voters understand redistricting and to ensure the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is being what voters have asked: for citizens to draw district lines instead of legislators or special interests, and for the commission to respect Communities of Interest. Townhall meetings across the state happened in April and May. Below the table are links to some of the townhalls that were recorded. Most are under 1 hour.

 

DATE AND TIME LOCAL LEAGUE CO-SPONSOR LINK
April 8, 6:00pm Detroit LWV Alpha Kappa Alpha Completed

April 11, 3:00 pm

Leelanau County LWV

  Completed
April 13, 7:00pm Lansing Area LWV   Completed

 

April 14, 7:00pm

 

Mt Pleasant LWV

Isabella County Commissioners

 

Completed

 

April 16, noon

Eastern Upper Peninsula LWV  

 

Completed

April 19, 7:00pm Ann Arbor LWV   Completed

 

April 20, 6:30pm

 

Copper Country

 

Portage Lake Library

 

Completed

April 20, noon Grand Traverse LWV   Completed

 

April 21, 7:00pm

Tecumseh/Lenawee Co LWV  

 

Completed

April 22, 7:00pm Grosse Pte LWV Grosse Pte Library Completed
April 22, 7:00pm Holland Area LWV Holland Museum Completed

April 22, 3:00pm

Leelanau County LWV

 

Completed

 

April 22, 7:00pm

Dearborn/Dearborn Hts LWV  

 

Completed

April 22, 7:00pm NE Michigan   Completed
April 22, 6:00pm Crawford County LWV   Completed
Apil 27, 6:00pm Jackson County LWV Jackson Library

Completed

April 27, 7:00pm Manistee   Completed
April 29, 6:30pm Saginaw LWV   Completed
April 29, 7:00pm Brighton/Howell LWV Howell Library Completed
April 29, 7:00pm Calhoun County Willard Library Completed
April 29, 7:00pm Kalamazoo LWV   completed

 

May 3, 7:00pm

 

Macomb County LWV

Clinton/Macomb Library

 

Completed

May 6, 7:00pm Berrien-Cass LWV   Completed
May 12, 7:00pm Flint LWV   Completed
May 13, 2:30pm Oakland Area LWV AAUW Completed
May 17, 7:00pm Midland Area LWV   Completed
May 18, 1:00pm Oakland Area LWV Birmingham Sr Ctr Completed
May 26, 7:00pm NW Wayne County LWV Plymouth Library Completed

 

RECORDINGS OF COMPLETED TOWN HALLS:

Held in Detroit, March 9.  Click here to view.

Held in Copper Country, April 20.  Click here to view.       

Held in Crawford County on April 22.  Click here to view. Passcode: kY!+D!47

Held in Dearborn on April 22.  Click here to view.

Held in Leelanau County on April 22.  Click here to View.

Held in Plymouth on May 26.  Click here to view.

 

Visit our Archives Page to access information about LWV Michigan's work on redistricting prior to 2018.