Michigan’s political landscape was upended this week when a federal court ordered mapmakers to redraw 13 metro Detroit legislative districts, a task that could potentially change the balance of power in Lansing.
Much remains unknown after a three-judge panel on Thursday sided with a group of metro Detroit Black voters seeking a redraw of the city’s political districts.
The three-judge panel — Raymond Kethledge, Paul Maloney and Janet Neff, all appointees of former President Geoge W. Bush — did not lay out an exact process for redrawing the maps, but didn’t rule out the possibility of appointing a special master to assist the commission with proceedings.
Jamie Lyons-Eddy, executive director of Voters Not Politicians — the group that championed the independent redistricting commission at the ballot box — told Bridge in a statement that Michigan voters deserve a continuation of a transparent and independent redistricting process that preserves statewide partisan fairness.
This story was originally published by Bridge Michigan. Read more here: https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-government/experts-everything-air-now-michigan-districts-must-be-redrawn