Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission application count to surpass California

Map Michigan's Future - for fair electionsApril 14, 2020

E-Notary service available through application deadline

The Michigan Department of State has processed 4,332 notarized applications for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, putting it on track this week to surpass the number of final submissions processed by California when it first launched a similar commission. Despite having a population nearly quadruple that of Michigan, California processed 4,546 final applications in 2010.

“Michiganders remain as committed to participating in our democracy as they were in 2018 when voters amended our state constitution to create this commission and make our election districts more fair,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “Surpassing California’s number of final completed applications demonstrates the tremendous enthusiasm for democracy in Michigan.”

All applications require notarization, which can now be done electronically. Voters can apply online at RedistrictingMichigan.org, and numerous e-notaries willing to waive their fees for the application are now listed at Michigan.gov/FreeNotary. This enables applicants to fill out, notarize and email their completed application without ever printing it or leaving their home.

“Democracy is sacrosanct, perhaps especially when our society faces uncertainty,” said Benson. “We can and must provide safe ways for Michiganders to maintain their democratic rights as we take on the coronavirus.”

An updated applicant profile and additional information can be found at RedistrictingMichigan.org. Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2020. Those with questions should email Redistricting@Michigan.gov.

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