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Redistricting debate now heads to Grand Rapids

State senators and legislative staff consider amendments to the "base" map that was chosen from a model created by redistricting expert Jowei Chen.
State senators and legislative staff consider amendments to the "base" map that was chosen from a model created by redistricting expert Jowei Chen.

Independent commission charged with re-drawing district lines hosting public hearings across Michigan this week

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is unveiling newly drafted legislative district maps. Friday, in Grand Rapids, residents can provide their input during a public hearing.

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission consists of 13 randomly selected registered voters; four affiliated Democrats, four Republicans and five unaffiliated members convened in September of 2020. Since then, they’ve been tasked with drawing up Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress maps every 10 years. The process removes political parties in power from the equation giving authority to a citizen-led commission spotlighting a transparent process.

Now, the MICRC is unveiling its maps. Friday in Grand Rapids, during a public hearing, residents can provide feedback.

“Do you like one of them? And they have a code name and there’s a tree name. So, help us know which map you want to promote? Right? Which one do you think is good? And if it’s not good, tell what you need to change and be as specific as possible with street names.”

M.C. Rothhorn is MICRC Vice Chair.

“At the public hearing, there’s going to be a computer station where you can give your public comment and reference it that you spoke during the public hearing so that we can get that detail and make changes in an efficient a way as possible.”

The public hearing takes place Friday at Grand Rapids DeVos Place Steelcase Ballroom from 1:00-8:00 pm with a recess from 3:30-5:00.

For more information, including virtual participation, log on to michigan.gov/MICRC.

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