Detroit residents are being asked to share their input on new election district maps being proposed by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The commission is holding public hearings Feb. 21 at Greater Grace Temple and Feb. 22 at Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit to allow residents to weigh in on the redrawing of boundaries for seven Michigan House districts — Districts 1, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 14. 


The Redistricting Commission has been tasked with redrawing the maps after a federal court ruling deemed the previous maps were unconstitutional and found the commission violated Black voters’ rights by relying on inaccurate racial data to draw legislative districts. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson asked the U.S. Supreme Court to pause the redrawing of the maps ahead of the 2024 election, but the request was rejected by the court. 

At the commission’s Feb. 1 meeting, commissioners narrowed down the choices from 14 to nine versions of a proposed district map and an independent map has been submitted for public review. The commission must agree on a final map to submit by March 1, and the court is expected to review the new districts by March 29. 

One Detroit contributors Stephen Henderson, host of “American Black Journal,” and Nolan Finley, editorial page editor for the Detroit News, discuss the redistricting process.  

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