The "Voters Not Politicians" proposal to change how redistricting is done in Michigan will appear on the November ballot -- that was decided by the Michigan Supreme Court. But there’s also a lawsuit in federal court that’s been filed by the League of Women Voters against redistricting. Bridge Magazine, WDET's reporting partner in the Detroit..
Common Cause It doesn't matter which political party is in control of state legislatures across the country. If politicians are gerrymandering the voting districts to help ensure their party stays in power, Common Cause is challenging with lawsuits and voter engagement efforts. "For too long, politicians have been able to choose their voters, which is,..
Michigan’s political district are gerrymandered, according to a new report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. Click HERE to download the full report. Using a combination of statistical tests and analysis, the Council found that Michigan’s congressional and legislative district maps fail several tests that are currently being discussed to evaluate partisan gerrymandering. Citizens Research..
Michigan voters could decide whether to change the way the state’s political maps are drawn. A state elections board voted to place the Voters Not Politicians-initiated proposal on the November ballot, which would create an independent commission to design the districts for the state legislature and Congress representatives. Opponents have asked the Michigan Supreme Court..
Should Michigan redraw its voting districts? And what should the process be to do that? Can the state ever have perfectly drawn districts that never guarantee a political party-based outcome? Those questions -- and more -- are part of the Policy Meets The People – MI Voice, MI Vote live show on redistricting. On Tuesday, June 26, WDET is broadcasting a live one-hour special..
An Introduction to Redistricting: Voters elect someone to represent them in Congress and the state Legislature. That individual represents a geographic area called a "district." To ensure no district has more power than another, each one must have roughly the same population. Every 10 years, state lawmakers use the latest data from the U.S. Census..
Public Back in 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry approved a voting map that had one district carefully drawn to favor his party. In the eyes of some, it looked like a salamander. Since then, manipulating districts to unfairly benefit a political party has been referred to as gerrymandering after the governor. CLICK HERE to Take WDET's..
A state elections board certified a petition to change the method of setting the boundaries for Michigan's congressional and state legislative districts. Right now, the legislature sets the boundaries, not only for its own districts but for U.S. House seats as well. But Katie Fahey says that needs to change. She leads a group called Voters Not Politicians. “We..
On a hot summer day, there are few things cooler than learning about gerrymandering. Don't know what we're talking about? Click play on any of these podcasts: Grammar Girl Origin of 'Gerrymandering' - Grammar Girl Ever wonder where the heck the word "gerrymandering" comes from? This January 2018 episode of the "Grammar Girl" podcast explains..
Jamie Roe If this November's statewide ballot allows Michigan voters the choice to change the process of drawing the state's political maps, Jamie Roe says they should vote "no." Roe, a political consultant with Grand River Strategies, says the proposal is too broad and would unfairly favor Democrats. WDET's Pat Batcheller spoke with Roe, whose firm..