Redistricting Ballot Proposal Headed To Michigan Supreme Court This Week

Jul 16, 2018

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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether a redistricting measure can go on the November ballot.  This is the last stop for the contentious proposal.


A Republican and business-backed group called Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution disputed the proposal.  They said the measure is a complete overhaul of the constitution.  The Court of Appeals said the complaint against the proposal is “without merit.”  But Citizens appealed to the Supreme Court.  

Katie Fahey is with Voters Not Politicians.  That’s the group that spearheaded the proposal.  She says hundreds of thousands of people have supported the measure.

“So, it’s really a movement of, and for, and by the people of Michigan who just want to be able to vote on this in November.”

The measure would create a commission of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to draw the state’s legislative district lines.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org