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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.
The Constitution designates the Secretary of State as administrator of the application and selection process for the commission, as well as “secretary without a vote” providing administrative assistance to the commission once formed.
To ensure the application process is transparent and citizen-led, the Department of State opened up a period of public comment from July through August of 2019. You can view a chronological list of public comments received and responses to frequently asked questions during public comment.