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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I apply to be a member of the citizens redistricting commission?
The application period to serve as commissioner has closed for the 2020-2021 redistricting cycle. You are welcome to view an archive of the application materials. You can stay updated on the process by signing up to receive updates or following us on social media @RedistrictingMI on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Q: What is the citizens redistricting commission?
In November 2018, Michigan voters amended the Constitution with Proposal 18-2 or the "Voters Not Politicians" ballot proposal, a constitutional amendment to "establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years." Now, the Michigan constitution empowers an independent commission of citizens to draw district lines for the Michigan Legislature and Michigan's members of Congress for the 2022 election and beyond.
Q: Who serves on the citizens redistricting commission?
The constitutional amendment establishes a commission of 13 registered voters randomly selected through an application process. Of the 13 commissioners, four affiliate with the Democratic Party, four affiliate with the Republican Party, and five do not affiliate with either major political party.
View the inaugural Commissioner's names and applications.
Q: When did the citizens redistricting commission begin meeting?
The commission was convened September 17-18, 2020 and has continued meeting since then. You can sign up to receive meeting updates.
Q: When will the district lines proposed by the citizens redistricting commission take effect?
The commission will use data from the 2020 federal decennial census and citizen input to determine district lines no later than November 1, 2021. These district plans will take effect prior to the 2022 primary and general elections.
Q: What is the citizens redistricting commission timeline?
You can read or print a detailed timeline of the new redistricting process here.
Q: Where can I read the section of the Michigan constitution related to the independent citizens redistricting commission?
You can read this section of the Michigan constitution here.