MI VRA Next Step in Safeguarding Elections for Voters

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For the past several months, Voters Not Politicians has been working in coalition to support a legislative reform to secure Michigan’s place as a national leader in safeguarding the right to vote.  The Michigan Voting Rights Act is the next step in strengthening Michigan’s democracy and removing voting barriers for voters with disabilities and voters […]

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VNP Weekly Update: May 3, 2024

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The Headlines This week, Voters Not Politicians was pleased to see that our work to reinforce the importance of partisan fairness appears to have made an impact on the MICRC, as the commission presented two draft maps that improve upon the partisan fairness of the 2021 Linden map. But there are still several maps under […]

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VNP Weekly Update: April 26, 2024

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The Headlines The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission has begun drafting potential remedial mapping plans for state senate districts in the Detroit Metro area. So far, VNP has some concerns. In their meeting on April 18, the commission’s experts downplayed the importance of partisan fairness, and the first set of collaborative maps moves several partisan […]

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VNP Weekly Update: April 19, 2024

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The Headlines This week, both Voters Not Politicians and the MICRC launched the first phases of work in the state senate redraw process. VNP hosted a virtual Michigan Redistricting town hall to reach out to voters in affected districts, as the commission heard expert presentations and presented their full redraw timeline at their meeting on […]

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VNP Weekly Update: April 12, 2024

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The Headlines A brand new legal filing in Agee v Benson is giving us a clearer picture of the next phase of this redraw process. Both parties in the case have agreed to a proposed timeline for the state senate redraw, which would see a final map approved by the end of July.   And Voters […]

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Newsletter: We’ve won our first big fight of 2024!

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April 10, 2024 | Volume 6, No. 4 Hi Friend, If, like me, you spent most of March wading through the various legal filings in the Agee v Benson federal case, then you already know the good news: the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission successfully adopted revised Michigan state house maps to meet the requirements […]

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Young Volunteer Makes Big Impact Behind-the-Scenes

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Voters Not Politicians is known for our army of dedicated volunteers, often seen out and about with clipboards and literature in hand. But volunteers play a big role behind the scenes as well.  Jeffrey Hoang, a student at Eastern Michigan University, volunteered to assist our Communications team this spring, and made his impact on VNP […]

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Redistricting Update: Where we are with House and Senate redraw

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Last month, we updated you on the latest developments in the court-ordered redraw of Detroit-area Michigan House districts. Since then, the court approved the maps submitted by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, and both Voters Not Politicians and the MICRC have begun preparing for the state senate redraw.  Here’s how we got here and […]

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VNP Weekly Update: April 5, 2024

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The Headlines Now that the court has accepted the remedial maps submitted by the MICRC, the commission is preparing to quickly move on to the senate redraw phase. The voided state senate districts (1, 3, 6, 8, 10, and 11) represent over 1.5 million Michiganders who will need to be kept informed and engaged during […]

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VNP Weekly Update: March 28, 2024

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The Headlines I have excellent news to share! The three-judge federal panel has decided that the Michigan House district maps (otherwise known as Motown Sound E1) submitted by the MICRC* will be used for the 2024 elections and beyond. In their decision, they recognized the public support for the map, and that the voided districts […]

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