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WATCH: Devin Scillian hosts roundtable on anti-gerrymandering proposal on Michigan's November ballot

This map shows Michigan congressional districts as of Nov. 6, 2018. (WDIV)
This map shows Michigan congressional districts as of Nov. 6, 2018. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Michigan voters will decide on a proposal to create a commission for redistricting purposes on the November ballot.

Devin Scillian hosted a roundtable discussion on the proposal on Tuesday night right here on ClickOnDetroit. 

WATCH IT HERE:

Gerrymandering in Michigan: Devin Scillian hosts a round table discussion on Proposal 2 - the anti-gerrymandering initiative on the November ballot.

Posted by WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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Participants included:

  • Katie Fahey – Voters Not Politicians, Executive Director
  • Tony Daunt – Michigan Freedom Fund, Executive Director

Background:

  • Gerrymandering is nothing new. Some studies suggest it dates back to the early 1800s in America.
  • The current maps in Michigan were drawn and approved in 2011 for Congressional, State House and State Senate districts.
  • In the 2016 election, Michiganders cast close to equal amounts of votes between Republican and Democratic candidates in congressional seat races. However due to gerrymandering, zero congressional races were decided by a margin of victory below 10% and Republicans took 64% of the seats.

Proposal 18-2: Voters Not Politicians

Official ballot language:

A proposed 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.

This proposed constitutional amendment would:

  • Create a commission of 13 registered voters randomly selected by the Secretary of State:
    • 4 each who self-identify as affiliated with the 2 major political parties; and
    • 5 who self-identify as unaffiliated with major political parties.
  • Prohibit partisan officeholders and candidates, their employees, certain relatives, and lobbyists from serving as commissioners.
  • Establish new redistricting criteria including geographically compact and contiguous districts of equal population, reflecting Michigan’s diverse population and communities of interest.
  • Districts shall not provide disproportionate advantage to political parties or candidates.
  • Require an appropriation of funds for commission operations and commissioner compensation.

Take a more in-depth look at the proposal and what it would mean for Michigan here.

 


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