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Anti-Gerrymandering Initiative Will Get Public Vote In November

The constitutional amendment would entrust redistricting to an independent commission instead of the Legislature and governor.

July 31, 2018 - 11:26 pm

LANSING (WWJ/AP) - Michigan voters will get to decide whether to change how their state's congressional and legislative districts are drawn.

The state Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit tonight that challenged the anti-gerrymandering ballot measure, meaning it will go to a statewide vote in November. The constitutional amendment would entrust redistricting to an independent commission instead of the Legislature and governor.

It is a bid to stop partisan gerrymandering, the process of a political party drawing electoral maps to maintain or expand its hold on power. Republicans controlled redistricting after the 2010 and 2000 censuses. They have nine of Michigan's 14 U.S. House districts and hold majorities in the state Senate and state House.