The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission holds a public hearing in Lansing. Photo by Anna Gustafson
The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) on Thursday released detailed individual maps for each of Michigan’s new congressional, state Senate and state House districts.
The maps were made available on the commission’s website. They are in effect for the 2022 election and the next 10 years.
Vice Chair Dustin Witjes said the district maps, which he noted now match the new voter registration cards, will allow people to print off individual pages for each state House, state Senate and the U.S. Congressional districts that the commission created.
“So, if you wanted to have a nice visual representation of the district that you are a part of, you can print that off and see it,” said Witjes. “This is something that has been requested of us and it is now available to the public.”
Commissioner Rebecca Szetela echoed that point, saying that the impetus for the updated maps were requests from the public to have maps that were more accessible and approachable.
“So, by having these different items, we have the original maps that we had online, which are on the redistricting site, which are an electronic version where you can zoom in and out,” said Szetela. “Then we have a statewide map if someone wanted to look at it statewide, or you can print out the actual district map and look at your individual district and see the different lines and boundary lines for the cities and the counties and local geographical features as well so you can get a sense of where the new district lines are at.”
Later in the day Thursday, the Commission debuted examples of district maps by county that will show various state House, state Senate and Congressional districts. Those will be formally released on Tuesday.
Commission officials stressed that the new maps are merely more detailed versions of the districts that were finalized earlier this year.
As to the future of the commission, MICRC spokesman Edward Woods III said it is still working through ongoing litigation and noted that the Michigan Constitution mandates that they remain intact until all legal challenges are resolved.
In the meantime, the commission is still trying to negotiate funding from the Legislature. He indicated they would detail future actions at their regular meeting next week.
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