redistricting

Experts warn of anti-democratic peril from upcoming SCOTUS case

BY: - September 16, 2022

Updated, 12:41 p.m., 9/16/22 Despite seeing progress in advancing voting rights in the last several years, the organization that spearheaded the 2018 initiative that created the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission says an upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) threatens to undo that effort — and much more. Voters Not Politicians (VNP) held […]

With focus on climate and abortion, Elizabeth Warren stumps for Andy Levin

BY: - July 25, 2022

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) kicked off the final nine-day stretch until the Democratic primary in Michigan’s new 11th Congressional District, rallying on Sunday for U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) in his race against fellow incumbent Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills). Warren, who previously worked with Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) on the Build Green Act, […]

Voting rights advocates organize in SE and West Michigan to get measure on the Nov. ballot

BY: - May 16, 2022

Updated, 12:38 p.m., 5/16/22 Voting rights advocates are ramping up efforts on a ballot initiative that seeks to expand voting access in Michigan. On Saturday, Voter Not Politicians (VNP), the nonprofit group that successfully amended the Michigan Constitution in 2018 to create a nonpartisan citizen-led redistricting process, hosted a series of large-scale trainings and petition […]

GOP resolution seeks to abolish Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

BY: - May 12, 2022

Just months after the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) completed new maps for each of Michigan’s new congressional, state Senate and state House districts, a resolution has been introduced to abolish the commission and return the state to a partisan process. The resolution was introduced Wednesday by state Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) and […]

Election 2022: Here are detailed maps of Michigan’s new House, Senate and congressional districts

BY: - May 6, 2022

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, […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Here’s what we’ve learned from Michigan’s independent redistricting process

BY: and - April 27, 2022

Michigan residents recently concluded a historic experiment in representative democracy. For the first time, the drawing of voting districts that will shape our representation in Washington, D.C., and Lansing for an entire decade was not led by self-interested politicians.  Thanks to the hard work of Voters Not Politicians and their allies to pass a redistricting […]

Redistricting reform advocates look ahead to protecting voting rights 

BY: - April 15, 2022

The nonprofit group that successfully pushed to amend the Michigan Constitution and create a nonpartisan citizen-led redistricting process, took a moment Thursday to both reflect on the success of that effort, but also to say it was, “moving forward to protect rights of Michigan voters.” Voters Not Politicians (VNP), which helped establish the Michigan Independent […]

Detroit challenges census count after the Trump administration cut process short

BY: - April 6, 2022

Detroit is challenging its head count in the 2020 census after the U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged that a higher percentage of Black Americans were undercounted than in the prior census. The Associated Press reported Monday that Detroit became the largest city in the nation to challenge the figures. The city released a report last year […]

Rep. Howell requests AG opinion on redistricting commission following the Constitution

BY: - February 24, 2022

State Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) has requested Attorney General Dana Nessel’s legal opinion on whether the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) followed requirements set out in the state Constitution when drawing new legislative district lines. Howell is concerned that Lapeer County, which he represents, would be split across three districts in the state […]

Redistricting panel sued by GOP commissioner for not responding to records request

BY: - February 22, 2022

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) has been sued by one of its own commissioners, Erin Wagner, for not responding to her request for records.  The Republican commissioner said in a suit filed last week that the commission violated the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by not responding to her request for records […]

Supreme Court throws out 1st lawsuit challenging new redistricting maps

BY: - February 4, 2022

The Michigan Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit Thursday against the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) claiming that the newly drawn and adopted redistricting maps would disenfranchise Black voters and break a federal voting rights law.  The lawsuit was originally filed by the Detroit Caucus, a group of Black metro Detroit state House and Senate […]

3rd group sues redistricting panel, says House maps give GOP an unfair advantage 

BY: - February 3, 2022

A group of voting rights organizations filed a lawsuit this week against the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC), challenging its Michigan House map for its “partisan fairness.” The plaintiffs said the maps give the upper hand to Republicans. The plaintiffs in the case include the League of Women Voters of Michigan, American Citizens for […]