|DATE & TIME||LOCATION|
|09/27/2021 | 12-5PM||Cadillac Place, Detroit|
|09/28/2021 | 10AM-5PM||Cadillac Place, Detroit|
|09/29/2021 | 1-4PM ; 5-8PM*||Cadillac Place, Detroit|
|09/30/2021 | 1-4PM ; 5-8PM*||Oakland University, Rochester Hills|
12:30 Doors Open → 1 – 3:30 Meeting / Public hearing → 3:30 – 5 MICRC Break → 4:30 Doors Open → 5 – 8 Public hearing
|10/11/2021||The Dort Center, Flint|
|10/12/2021||Treetop Resorts, Gaylord|
|10/14/2021||Northern MI University, Marquette|
|10/18/2021||Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids|
|10/19/2021||Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo|
|10/21/2021||Lansing Center, Lansing|
|10/25/2021||Macomb Community College, Warren|
|10/26/2021||Schoolcraft College, Livonia|
|10/28/2021 – time tba||TCF Center, Detroit|
WHY WE REDRAW THE LINES
- The U.S. Constitution requires every American to receive as close to equal representation as possible in government. As populations of districts change over time, it can leave some people overrepresented and others underrepresented in government.
- Once a decade, following the census, district lines are redrawn to adjust for population shifts. This process is known as redistricting.
- Once census data is available the MICRC is responsible for drawing new district lines for both chambers of the state legislature and the Michigan Congressional map.
- Historically, legislators have drawn their own district maps allowing them to choose their constituents, rather than giving constituents the power to choose their representatives. This system violated the concept of fair representation, which is designed to give the people the power to choose their representatives.
- Michigan has some of the worst gerrymandered districts in the country.
- Gerrymanders occur when politicians draw safe seats for themselves or their party.
- How district boundaries are drawn can be the difference between empowering and maximizing voters’ voices or minimizing and muting those voices.
WHAT IS THE MICRC
- This is the first time in Michigan’s history that an independent commission made up of Michigan citizens will control the redistricting process.
- The MICRC is our chance to have fair representation in Michigan.
- In 2018, 61% of Michiganders voted to put the power to draw districting lines into the hands of the people.
- While we celebrate the passing of Prop 2 and the creation of an independent committee, the process of creating new, fair legislative maps is far from over.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
- The Independent Commission is made up of 13 randomly chosen citizens who are getting to work for you. But they need your input in order to create fair districts that recognize your community.
- The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission wants public input.
- Have your voice be heard in this process by submitting a comment online through the online portal.
- You can leave a written comment, sketch out your community of interest, or submit an entire map online through the public portal.
- The redistricting process is about determining which communities get grouped into districts. Your input helps the Commissioners understand where your community starts and ends.
- Any Michigander can provide input regarding their community of interest that will ultimately influence how district lines are drawn and affect the local law and regulations, tax structure, how funding is distributed, and which services are provided.
COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST
- In the past, gerrymandered maps have been used to minimize communities’ share of political power.
- By recognizing and keeping communities of interest intact, underserved voices can have a chance to be heard in the political process.
- By highlighting your community of interest, you will have a better opportunity to elect a candidate of your choice who will voice your communities’ needs and interests.
- By submitting a comment about your local community of interest, you can help the MICRC understand your community better and determine where political boundaries should be drawn.