Citizens Redistricting Commission frequently asked questions
We will update this page as more information becomes available. In the meantime, we hope the following FAQ will help answer your questions.
Q: What is the citizens redistricting commission?
In November 2018, Michigan voters approved ballot Proposal 2, 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.” Under the new law, an independent commission of citizens will draw district lines for the Michigan Legislature and Michigan’s members of Congress for the 2022 election.
Q: Who will serve on the citizens redistricting commission?
The constitutional amendment establishes a commission of 13 registered voters randomly selected through an application process. Four of those selected will self-identify with the Democratic Party, four will self-identify with the Republican Party, and five will self-identify as unaffiliated with either of those political parties.
Q: Can I apply to be a member of the citizens redistricting commission?
As long as you are a registered voter, you will be able to apply to serve on the commission.
However, the constitutional amendment states that if you are a partisan political officeholder or candidate, the employee or close relative of a partisan political officeholder or candidate, or registered political lobbyist you aren’t eligible to serve on the commission. You can read more specifics in the constitutional amendment here.
Q: When and where can I apply to be a member of the citizens redistricting commission?
Our office is in the process of developing the application and informational materials to provide to interested voters. Those interested in serving on the commission will be able to apply starting no later than January 1, 2020. The deadline for applying will be June 1, 2020, and commissioners will be selected no later than September 1, 2020.
Q: When will the citizens redistricting commission begin meeting?
The commission will begin meeting by October 15, 2020.
Q: When will the district lines proposed by the citizens redistricting commission take effect?
According to the constitutional amendment, the commission will use data from the 2020 federal decennial census to draw district lines that will take effect prior to the 2022 election.
Q: What is the citizens redistricting commission timeline?
Important upcoming dates established by the constitutional amendment are as follows:
January 1, 2020 – Applications to serve on the commission must be made available
June 1, 2020 – Deadline for accepting applications
September 1, 2020 – Commissioners must be selected
October 15, 2020 – Commissioners must hold first meeting by this date
November 1, 2021 – Deadline for the commission to adopt a redistricting plan for Michigan State House, Michigan State Senate, and U.S. Congressional Districts
Q: Where can I read the full ballot proposal and the full constitutional amendment?
In November 2018, Michigan voters passed ballot Proposal 2, 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.”