Detroit Evening Report: New redistricting commissioners being selected after resignations

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Protesters attend a meeting of Michigan's new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission on Oct. 21, 2021, in Lansing, Mich.

Protesters attend a meeting of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission on Oct. 21, 2021, in Lansing, Mich.

The Michigan Department of State will soon replace three commissioners who recently resigned from the 13-member Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC).

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As required by Michigan’s state constitution, the replacements will be selected randomly via livestream at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, from the remaining pool of semi-finalist applicants who affiliate with the same party as the departing commissioners.

Commissioners MC Rothhorn, Douglas Clark and Dustin Witjes all resigned in December. No formal action is required from the commission to accept the resignations.

Of the 200 semi-finalists randomly selected in June 2020, there are 52 remaining who affiliate with the Democratic Party and 54 who affiliate with the Republican Party.  The commission is composed of four Republicans, four Democrats, and five people who do not affiliate with either party. Rothhorn and Witjes are both affiliated with the Democratic Party, while Clark is a member of the Republican Party. The random selection on Jan. 3 will fill all three vacant seats on the commission. 

The changes come after a federal court ruled that more than a dozen Michigan state House and Senate districts drawn by the MICRC violate the U.S. Constitution, requiring the body to redraw the Detroit area districts before elections can be held in them.

The Jan. 3 event will be livestreamed on the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission’s social media accounts.

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  • The Detroit Red Wings are out west in California against the San Jose Sharks tonight.
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  • The Detroit Pistons snapped their 28 game losing streak last week but quickly dropped a game to the Houston Rockets 113-136.

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.