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Job opening: Michigan SOS Office encourgaging residents to apply for redistricing commission

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After Michigan voters last year approved the creation of a citizen lead commission to redraw Michigan’s legislative district lines, the Secretary of State office is encouraging anyone with interest to apply. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Assistant Secretary of State Heaster Wheeler are hosting free public workshops Wednesday in Grand Rapids and Thursday in Kalamazoo to promote awareness that online applications are now available to serve on the new Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Voters last year approved Proposal 2, which effectively stripped the responsibility of drawing legislative district lines from lawmakers, and gives that duty to a yet to be formed redistricting commission made up of citizens. It’s a part time gig, and the pay is decent, with commissioners earning $40,000 a year for their service.

Assistant Secretary of State Wheeler says, anyone and everyone who is interested should be encouraged to apply.

“You really don’t have to be an expert, you don’t have to be a political technician,” Wheeler said. “You can be just like me, an everyday guy, people who are interested to serve, and make a difference in a big way.”

The commission will consist of 13 members, that includes 4 Republicans, 4 democrats and five independents. Wheeler says they have had 4000 people apply already.