A federal judge has dismissed a legal challenge to Michigan’s voter-approved independent redistricting commission. The commission will draw new congressional and legislative districts once the results of the 2020 census are finalized.
The commission will take over the job from the Legislature, which typically adopts district boundaries on party-line votes. The amendment to create the commission is opposed by Republican leaders.
The order from Judge Janet Neff follows the refusal of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to take the case.
Elizabeth Battiste is with the group Voters Not Politicians.
“This kind of comes after a long battle through various courts, but the independent citizens redistricting commission is here to stay.”
Republicans could try to take the case to the U-S Supreme Court as the state continues to recruit people to serve on the commission.