Benson files lawsuit to extend redistricting process deadline

BY: - April 21, 2021

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has filed suit with the state Supreme Court, saying it’s necessary to ensure the public can provide feedback on the new legislative and congressional district maps that will be drawn by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC).  The suit was filed jointly with the MICRC and seeks to […]

Redistricting panel to ask state Supreme Court for deadline extension

BY: - March 9, 2021

After a delay in Census data threw off the timeline for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) to draw its maps, the group unanimously voted Friday to try to get a deadline extension from the Michigan Supreme Court.  In 2018, voters approved a constitutional amendment establishing the ICRC, a panel of 13 Michigan residents […]

Redistricting panel proposes closed session after census data delay

BY: - February 18, 2021

Julianne Pastula, general counsel for Michigan’s new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC), said during a meeting Thursday that the current timeline for drawing new district lines is “an untenable situation.” The state constitutional amendment creating the commission sets a Sept. 17 deadline for drawing the initial maps for congressional and legislative districts, kicking off a […]

What will the census setback mean for Michigan’s new redistricting commission?

BY: - February 17, 2021

The 2020 census had a challenging year with the COVID-19 pandemic. Now a delay in census data from the U.S. Census Bureau will likely throw a wrench in the plans of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC), which needs the data to draw new legislative and congressional districts.  Voters in 2018 approved a constitutional […]

Census delay in releasing population data throws states into chaos

BY: - February 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau won’t be releasing population data needed to redraw state legislative and congressional district boundaries until Sept. 30 — six months after that data is typically made available. The latest pandemic-spurred delay, announced by bureau officials on Friday, hugely scrambles the once-a-decade redistricting process for states with deadlines looming this […]

Hammersmith onboarded as independent redistricting panel director 

BY: - December 3, 2020

Michigan’s autonomous Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission has chosen its new leader this week, who will assist the panel of 13 randomly selected citizens in drawing the state’s new U.S. congressional and state House and Senate district lines next year. Suann Courtright Hammersmith, the president of a consulting firm for nonprofits, was selected Tuesday from a […]

Independent redistricting panel tables director hiring decision

BY: - November 20, 2020

A pool of six finalists interviewed Thursday with the hope of leading the state’s autonomous Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which is set to finish drawing new congressional and state House and Senate district lines by November 2021. The executive director will assist the randomly-selected panel of citizens with legal, strategic, administrative, staffing and managerial duties […]

Independent redistricting panel to hire executive director Thursday

BY: - November 19, 2020

Michigan’s decades of gerrymandered districts will turn a new page, in theory, once a randomly-selected group of citizens finish drawing the state’s new district lines by November 2021. That panel is expected to select its new executive director Thursday out of a pool of six finalists. The autonomous Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission was created in […]

Here’s where the 13 independent redistricting commissioners are from

BY: - August 17, 2020

Thirteen commissioners who will serve on Michigan’s first independent redistricting commission were selected in a random drawing Monday afternoon. The commissioners – four Democrats, four Republicans and five independents – will be responsible for drawing district lines for the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives that will be […]

Nessel joins suit against Trump excluding immigrants in redistricting

BY: - July 30, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 20 other AGs, nine cities, four counties and one combined city and county in all corners of the country to sue the President Trump administration for unlawfully excluding undocumented immigrants from each state’s apportionment base. Trump issued a memorandum on July 21 announcing that “illegal aliens” are to be […]

Judge dismisses GOP suits against independent redistricting commission

BY: - July 6, 2020

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff on Monday dismissed two Republican lawsuits designed to upend the voter-approved constitutional amendment that established the Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.  “Michigan’s Constitution begins with, ‘All political power is inherent in the people.’ The courts have vindicated the people’s right to use our political power to take back our redistricting […]

Court rejects rehearing of GOP cases to bar redistricting commission 

BY: - June 19, 2020

Republicans have challenged the constitutionality of Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied requests to rehear the cases en banc. A 13-member commission of Democrats, Republicans and independents is supposed to draw lines for congressional, state House and state Senate districts after the 2020 census, something that was […]