Michigan redistricting

Map of Michigan's Congressional Districts
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The Director of Princeton University’s Gerrymandering Project says a new independent commission in Michigan presents an opportunity to move past partisan gridlock and represent a wide range of interests. Sam Wang says there are also challenges such as essentially starting a new state agency from scratch.


Map of Michigan's Congressional Districts
Department of Interior / Wikimedia Commons

The Director of Princeton University’s Gerrymandering Project says a new independent commission in Michigan presents an opportunity to move past partisan gridlock and represent a wide range of interests. Sam Wang says there are also challenges such as essentially starting a new state agency from scratch.


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The founder of Princeton University’s Gerrymandering Project says it’s easy to mock the shapes of districts, but he says sometimes odd looking districts are necessary to meet other criteria. Sam Wang says the amendment to Michigan’s Constitution approved by voters last year says districts should be compact and contiguous. But it also says communities of interest should be protected and parties should be treated fairly.

Graduate students at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Schools of International and Public Affairs recently completed a report on the new redistricting commission that will determine how Michigan’s next set of maps for Congressional and state Legislative districts will be drawn. Wang says Michigan has a great opportunity, but also faces serious challenges to ensure a fair process.


Prop 2 Passage Celebrated In Kalamazoo

Nov 7, 2018
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Kalamazoo-area supporters of the group Voters Not Politicians are celebrating Tuesday's passage of Proposal Two. It sets up a new, independent commission to draw political district lines.

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(MPRN-Lansing) A proposal to change the way the state draws its political district lines must go on the November ballot. 

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