River Country Solidarity endorses a “yes” vote on this initiative. We think this change will create a districting system that is more fair and represents voters better.
The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission Initiative is on the ballot in Michigan as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 6, 2018:
- A “yes” vote supports transfering the power to draw the state’s congressional and legislative districts from the Michigan State Legislature to an independent redistricting commission.
- A “no” vote opposes transfering the power to draw the state’s congressional and legislative districts from the Michigan State Legislature to an independent redistricting commission.
The petition language used for circulation is as follows:
A proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution to create an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. If adopted, this amendment would transfer the authority to draw Congressional and State Legislative district lines from the Legislature and Governor to the Independent Commission. The selection process will be administered by the Secretary of State. Thirteen commissioners will be randomly selected from a pool of registered voters, and consist of four members who self-identify with each of the two major political parties, and five non-affiliated, independent members. Current and former partisan elected officials, lobbyists, party officers and their employees are not eligible to serve. The proposal is to be voted in the November 6, 2018 General Election.