Commission Begins Mapping House Districts, Will Include Voting Pattern Analysis

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The commission finished reconciling both State Senate and Congressional districts, paying additional attention to Communities of Interest and minority populations in the Tri-Cities area, Metro Detroit, and Muskegon. Afterward, the Commission began drawing State House districts beginning in the city of Detroit. The commission also voted to allow Election Data Services (EDS) to expand its […]

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Commission Begins Drawing Congressional Districts, Will Now Meet on Fridays

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The Michigan Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission has begun drafting Congressional district maps Thursday afternoon, with Commissioners Clark and Vallette drawing the first district in East Detroit. This draft district included Warren, the Grosse Pointes, and Downriver cities such as Allen Park, Melvindale, and Ecorse. The next district, drawn by Commissioner Weiss, included the Western half […]

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Commission Finishes State Senate Draft Map

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The commission has completed its first draft map of State Senate districts. This was completed after commissioners reconciled districts in Southeast Michigan to accommodate for race and population data, as well as districts in West Michigan to include Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Portage, and other surrounding suburbs in one State Senate district. The commission also drew […]

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Commission Drafts Senate Districts in Tri-Cities, Macomb County

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After drawing draft State Senate district lines in Southeast Michigan, the Commission continued drawing district lines in the Tri-Cities region which surrounds Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw. Provided with additional data from Election Data Services’s updated mapping software, the Commission began reconciling its current State Senate district maps alongside data that showed both the racial […]

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Szetela Elected as Commission Chair, Rothhorn Elected as Vice Chair

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Commissioner Rebecca Szetela (N) was voted to become Chair of the Commission during a vote at today’s meeting, M.C. Rothhorn (D) being voted as Vice-Chair. Szetela was previously Vice-Chair of the Commission, with Commissioner Brittini Kellom (D) as Chair. The Commission also continued drawing State Senate districts in Southeast Michigan, including Eastern Detroit communities such […]

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Commission Continues Mapping in Metro Detroit

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The commission continued drawing State Senate district maps during its second mapping session on Thursday, September 9th. Led by Commissioner Juanita Curry, they finished mapping parts of Downriver to include Ecorse, River Rouge, and the Southwest parts of Detroit leading to Highland Park and Hamtramck. The following district, drawn by Commissioner Anthony Eid, was composed […]

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MICRC Begins Mapping in Metro Detroit

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The commission has begun drawing State Senate district maps in Southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Saginaw, and Genesee Counties. Cities mapped include Downriver communities, Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, and Pontiac with Commerce and Waterford. They will continue mapping in Metro Detroit during their evening session. Meeting Information: Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rwW5FQLtyU&ab_channel=MICRC Meeting […]

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Why I Give

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By Steve Dobson | September 9, 2021 I’m a lifelong Michigander, and my hazy memories from junior high school Civics class include wondering why flagrant gerrymandering was allowed to warp our elections.  Fast forward 60 years, I became aware of VNP during the Proposal 2 ballot initiative in 2018 and heard about a young woman […]

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Meet Amanda: VNP’s Dog Whisperer with a Wry Wit

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White Pigeon resident and VNP Regional Organizer, Amanda Lammon, started working for VNP in the summer of 2020 as the VoteSafe campaign kicked into high gear. She stayed on to support VNP’s pro-voter work, including the Freedom to Vote campaign. Amanda brings to VNP not only her expertise in organizing, but a delightful sense of […]

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Proposal 2 Implementation Update

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By Charlie Beall | September 9, 2021 In May and June, the MICRC completed a 1st round of 16 public hearings to gather input from communities about where boundaries should be drawn. They started to draft maps on August 20 (see discussion below). Under the redistricting amendment, the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) must draw […]

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