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MI redistricting asks Supreme Court for more time


The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission is asking the Michigan Supreme Court to set aside voter-approved deadlines and give it more time to do its job.

The problem is the COVID-19 crisis delayed sharing U-S Census data with the commission. Assistant Attorney General Ann Sherman is the commission’s lawyer.

“That is clashing with the deadlines that people thought were reasonable.”

“Now you’re coming to us in advance looking for a get-out-of-jail-free card. That’s pretty unique in Michigan’s history as far as I can see.”

Justice David Viviano said the commission could come back to the court if it misses its deadline. Sherman said that would leave the commission’s work more vulnerable to a lawsuit.