Fair Redistricting in Michigan
Every ten years, Michigan re-draws its voting districts. This process used to be controlled by politicians in Lansing who drew the state legislative and Congressional district lines in their own personal – and partisan – interest. In 2018, Michigan voters took that power out of politicians’ hands and created an independent citizens redistricting commission. The commission is composed of four Republicans, four Democrats, five Independents, and zero politicians. Their job is to listen to the people of Michigan and draw fair maps based on population, communities of interest, and other criteria — not just what’s best for their own political party.
Make your voice heard
For the first time in Michigan’s history, the voters will have a real say in the redistricting process. The Commission is holding public hearings across our state throughout the next two months, and they want to hear from you. Join your brothers and sisters from all over Michigan and tell the Commission, “Throw out the old gerrymanders and draw fair maps from scratch!”
Sign up to give in-person testimony: This is our chance to get face-to-face with the Commissioners and tell them how our communities should be represented. There are also options for remote testimony by phone or by Zoom, and written testimony, but nothing beats the persuasive power of a face-to-face conversation with the citizens drawing the lines. A schedule of public hearings is below — if you’re interested in speaking, contact Michael Kohler at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.