Legal battle over gerrymandring vote rages on

May 13, 2019

Michigan’s top elections official says she hopes the legal fight over drawing new legislative and congressional district lines won’t drag on. A federal court struck down Michigan’s district maps as too partisan. That’s not long after voters also approved a measure to hand the job of drawing new maps to a bipartisan commission. 

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says that shows the public has lost confidence that the process is fair.

“Now the political parties may not be happy with the maps, and, in fact, I think the mark of success of a true non-partisan districting plan is if neither party is happy with it.”

The court decision would force new state Senate elections next year. Republicans say they intend to challenge the ruling.