Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to hold first meetings this month

Map Michigan's Future - For Fair ElectionsSEPTEMBER 5, 2020

Virtual meetings will be open to the public

The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold its first convening on September 17-18, bringing together the 13 randomly selected commissioner charged with redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts.

“September 17 and 18 will be historic days for Michigan, when for the first time ever a group of 13 citizens with balanced political affiliations will first come together to begin their work to make our elections more fair and every Michigander’s vote more powerful,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “Voters made history when they created the commission by amending the constitution in 2018, and now their vision is coming to fruition.”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the commissioners will meet virtually from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Sept. 18. The meetings will be livestreamed, as all the commission’s meetings are required by the state constitution to be open to the public. Directions to view the livestream will be released closer to the meeting date. Interested residents can also stay tuned by following @RedistrictingMI on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The 13 commissioners were selected randomly from the nearly 10,000 Michigan residents who applied to serve. Four of them affiliate with the republican party, four with the democratic party and five do not affiliate with either major party. Using census data and public input, they will redraw Michigan’s congressional and legislative election districts ahead of the 2022 elections.

More information on the Commission, the application process and more is available at RedistrictingMichigan.org.

 

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