In Michigan, the State Legislature is responsible for redrawing Congressional and State voting districts. Since the 1960s, Redistricting has been conducted every 10 years after the information from the U.S. Census is released. The purpose of redistricting is to review each district and to re-draw districts to address changes in population. Giving legislatures control of district lines often results in what is called gerrymandered districts.
Our Congressional District, the 14th, has been named the Most Gerrymandered District in Michigan, according to the Michigan Information Research Service. The 14th Congressional District stretches from Detroit to Keego Harbor.
In an effort to reduce the role that politics play in the redistricting process, several states employ a commission that is involved in drawing district maps for State and/or Congressional districts.
To prevent Gerrymandering, I support the establishment of a Non-Partisan Commission to draw new, fair State Legislative and Congressional districts.
- The plan would create a 14-member commission, with five Democrats, five Republicans and four people who are not affiliated with either political party.
- Anyone who served as an elected official, political party officer or lobbyist within the previous 10 years would be excluded.
The Commission would work to draw representative and compact Districts, with no consideration as to where current elected officials live. All attempts should be made to avoid breaking county, city or township boundary lines, as required under the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Apol Standards”
The Michigan Constitution of 1963 called for a bi-partisan Redistricting Commission, but the rules it was supposed to use were invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision the next year.
In 2015, Representative Jeremy Moss filed HB 4800, to create a citizens redistricting commission, but the bill died in committee without being heard.
As District 1's next State Representative, I would support a non-partisan Redistricting Commission.