Category: Redistricting

What we’ve learned after the first election under Michigan’s new redistricting process | Policy Talks @ Ford School

Join the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy for a final webinar in its redistricting series, to look back at the consequential change in Michigan’s new redistricting process and to review how this new approach played out this fall, including its impacts on races and election outcomes, and how it compares to experiences in other states.

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BridgeDetroit | Republicans Sue Redistricting Commission Over Congressional Maps

A group of Republicans has sued the Michigan redistricting commission over its recently-approved congressional map, claiming the panel failed to draw districts with equal populations. The lawsuit, filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, also names Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson as a defendant. Bridge Michigan’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports.

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Michigan Redistricting Roundtable: Evaluating the State’s New Maps, Process

The University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy’s latest roundtable discussion seeks to explore the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission’s new congressional and legislative maps and examine the state’s new process for drafting voting districts. Hosted in conjunction with the University of Michigan Ford School’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), the webinar discusses how Michigan’s new citizen-led model compares to other states’ process across the nation, and roundtable guests posit whether Michigan’s new model could inspire reform in those states too.

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BridgeDetroit | Michigan Black Lawmakers to Sue Redistricting Commission Over New Maps

A contingent of 15 Detroit Black lawmakers and leaders announced Monday they will sue the Michigan redistricting commission over recently approved state legislative and congressional maps. In a media event in Detroit, the lawmakers — including six incumbents and two former state representatives — argued the maps dilute the power of Black residents in the city of Detroit and violate the Voting Rights Act, the 1965 law designed to allow minorities to elect candidates of their choosing.

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