Freedom To Vote Campaign Update

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By Jamie Lyons-Eddy | September 9, 2021 This is the moment we have been preparing for. On September 2, 2021, “Secure MI Vote” filed its indirect initiated statute petition with the Secretary of State. Despite their name, the group’s anti-voter petition would do nothing to improve our already secure elections, but it would absolutely make […]

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Commission’s Draft Maps Soon Available for Public Comment

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Michigan residents will soon be able to comment on the draft maps that the commission has drawn for the State House, State Senate, and Congressional districts. The commission voted today to have their draft maps hosted on the MyDistricting website, which hosts the software that Election Data Services (EDS) is using to help the commission […]

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Updates to MICRC Mapping Process and Schedule (9/8)

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As the MICRC continues to evaluate and reconcile State Senate districts in the Southwest and South Central parts of Michigan, they have also chosen to update their mapping processes and procedures for the draft mapping process. This update includes a change to the mapping schedule as a result of the Commission receiving the racial bloc […]

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Commission Receives Racial Bloc Voting, VRA Legal Analysis

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The MICRC met in Ann Arbor today to listen to a presentation on racial blog voting analysis by election consultant Dr. Lisa Handley and Voting Rights Act (VRA) legal counsel Bruce Adelson. This presentation addressed ways for the Commission to find adhere to VRA guidelines and preserve the voting power of minority populations in Michigan. […]

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Commission Analyzes COIs in UP, Northern Michigan

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The commission continued to analyze Communities of Interest in relation to the drafted State House and State Senate district lines. Today, however, they began a new process of incorporating COIs that involved examining the COI “clusters” aggregated and analyzed by MGGG’s first COI report. The Commission used these clusters to evaluate and edit Senate and […]

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Commission Maps Most of Western Michigan, Michigan Lakeshore

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The commission has finished drawing most of the State House and Senate districts in the western Michigan regions, including parts of Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and the surrounding suburbs. The commission also had a lengthy discussion on preserving lakeshore Communities of Interest. Meeting Information: Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDwtL0Fmxlo Meeting Date: 8/31/2021 Meeting Time: 10 AM – 5 PM […]

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2nd Round of Public Hearings Confirmed, Open Letter from VNP Deputy Director

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The commission has confirmed the schedule for the second round of public hearings planned for the month of October. There will be nine hearings in total across the state. During this round, the commission will be offering two sessions at each public hearing for Michigan residents to give testimony, in the afternoon from 1 PM […]

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Commission Receives First Analysis on Communities of Interest

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The Michigan Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission (MICRC) received its first analysis report on Communities of Interest (COIs) from Moon Duchin, the founder of the MGGG Redistricting Lab. Composed of experts on redistricting, MGGG also facilitates the Michigan Mapping Portal and the DistrictR project. MGGG’s full analysis report can be found here This first analysis aggregated […]

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Commission Extends Formal Invitation to Bid on Local Counsel RFP

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As the Commission continues to draft State House Districts in the Southeast, Southwest, and South Central regions of Michigan, they have also voted to extend a formal invitation to bid on the Local Counsel Request for Proposals (RFP). This invitation will be sent to a list of potential vendors with offices in Michigan, however, other […]

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Mapping in Southern MI Continues, Updates to Mapping Procedures

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The Commission continued their progress from Friday and drew State Senate districts in parts of Southeast and South Central Michigan, including Greater Lansing. They also began drawing State House districts in Southwest Michigan. In addition to mapping, the Commission has also approved Resolution 2021.08.16 to amend the MICRC Mapping Process and Procedures that was approved […]

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