Secretary of State
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 legislative district lines. Voters passed this constitutional amendment in the November 2018 general election, which makes citizens — not legislators or special interests — responsible for drawing district lines. The commission will be composed of 13 Michigan registered voters: four who self-identify as Democrats, four who self-identify as Republicans and five who self-identify as unaffiliated with either of those political parties.
This is a list of responses to frequently asked questions that emerged throughout the public comment process. We will periodically update the list as new questions emerge.
This is a PDF document that contains all the public comments chronologically listed.
Under the new constitutional provision, voters charged the Secretary of State with administering the application and selection process of commissioners, as well as providing administrative support to the commission once formed. We are in the process of developing an application and detailed instructions for how and when to apply. Until then, this page provides initial resources, answers to frequently asked questions and information regarding the formation of the commission.