The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission told a federal court Tuesday it can redraw 13 state legislative districts in time for 2024 elections, even as plaintiffs in the suit asked for an outside expert to take charge instead.
Voters Not Politicians, the advocacy group who organized the original ballot drive to establish the commission, told MLive in a statement they believe the ruling was no condemnation of an independent redistricting commission, and that map-drawing should be left up to that body.
“Voters Not Politicians strongly believes that the citizens commission Michigan voters put in place can (and must) redraw districts that adhere to federal standards, provide fair representation, and preserve statewide partisan fairness in a transparent process that takes into account public comment,” the organization said in a statement. “This is exactly what voters demanded in 2018.”
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