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.