Secretary of State
Public Comment - Frequently Asked Questions
Throughout the past year, the Department of State has periodically opened an optional public comment period to solicit feedback from the public.
From February 26 through March 27, 2020, the Department of State opened public comment on the random selection methodology that will be used to select the 200 semi finalists in June of this year. Additionally, from July through August 2019, the Department of State opened public comment on the draft application and eligibility guidelines for applicants.
You can view a chronological list of all public comments received to date, and responses to frequently asked questions from that public comment at the links below.
Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their population. In Michigan, a randomly selected commission of citizens is responsible for drawing U.S. Congressional and Michigan State House and Senate district lines. Voters amended the state constitution in the November 2018 general election to make citizens — not legislators or special interests — responsible for drawing district lines (called “redistricting”). The commission will be composed of 13 randomly-selected Michigan registered voters: four who affiliate with the Democratic Party, four who affiliate with the Republican Party, and five who do not affiliate with either major political party.