WE ENDED GERRYMANDERING IN MICHIGAN
Quick read: On Tuesday, December 28th, 2021, Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission adopted new maps for Congress, State Senate, and State House. Each map passed with a constitutional majority of at least two Democrat, two Republican, and two Non-Affiliated commissioners. Their ability to rise above their political differences to meet their constitutional duty is a testament to their commitment to our democracy and an example of what people across the political spectrum can achieve when we work together to prioritize the will of voters – not politicians.
Meet Michigan’s New Maps
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The Story of Proposal 2
On November 6, 2018, 61% of Michigan voters from across the state and across the political spectrum passed Proposal 2, a constitutional amendment to put the power to draw our election district maps in the hands of the voters — not politicians.
Proposal 2 was put on the ballot through a citizen-led ballot initiative. Voters Not Politicians volunteers collected more than 425,000 petition signatures from registered voters in every Michigan county with an all-volunteer effort.
Voters Not Politicians survived legal challenges that went all the way up to the Michigan Supreme Court to keep Proposal 2 on the ballot. Volunteers spread the word to vote "Yes on 2" across the state, knocking more than 460,000 doors, talking to voters at fairs and festivals, and more.
We had a number of endorsements, including former Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
On Election Day, 67 of Michigan's 83 counties voted "Yes on 2," with more than 2.5 million voters supporting a fair, impartial, and transparent redistricting process.
Click here to read the full amendment language.
Redistricting in Michigan
Before the redistricting reform amendment passed, the redistricting process in Michigan was rigged in favor of special interests.
Why? Because politicians and lobbyists met behind closed doors to draw Michigan’s election district maps to benefit themselves, not the voters. It’s called gerrymandering, and Michigan is currently home to some of the most gerrymandered districts.
Politicians met behind closed doors with lobbyists and highly paid consultants and used big data and advanced computer algorithms to pick the groups of voters most likely to help their party. This allowed politicians to manipulate elections to give them and their party an unfair advantage for the next decade of elections.
About the Redistricting Reform Amendment
Michigan voters exercised their right of direct democracy and put a constitutional amendment on the 2018 general election ballot, known as Proposal 2. Proposal 2 put the power to draw election district maps in the hands of voters and created a fair, impartial, and transparent process.
The amendment clearly defines who can participate in future redistricting processes, how the maps are drawn, and when the maps are drawn.
Click here to view Implementation Archives from 2019 - 2021.