Michigan Districts Must be Redrawn
A whopping 34 districts must be redrawn in Michigan per a three-judge panel that ruled the gerrymandered congressional and state legislative seats were unconstitutional. Now, the legislature has until August 1 to submit new maps – that would need the approval of the Republican-controlled legislature AND the Democrat governor, Gretchen Whitmer.
Should an agreement not be reached, the panel will redraw the districts in time for the 2020 election cycle. Michigan Republicans have vowed to appeal the decision.
The ruling clarifies that the following districts were illegally gerrymandered:
For Congress: the 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th.
For State Senate: the 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 18th, 22nd, 27th, 32nd, and 36th.
For State House: the 24th, 32nd, 51st, 52nd, 55th, 60th, 62nd, 63rd, 75th, 76th, 83rd, 91st, 92nd, 94th, and 95th.
For more information, see: https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/25/gerrymandering-michigan-districts/3577310002/
Last fall, Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved (61%) a new independent commission that would draw districts upon completion of the census for the 2022 elections and beyond.
The court mandates that change come sooner, including for the 10 State Senate seats that would not have been up for re-election until 2022, designed to come up for a vote at the same time as the race for governor. Instead, special elections will take place with the new, temporary districts in 2020.
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