In 2018, Michiganders voted for independent citizens to be in demand of drawing the state’s congressional district map instead of politicians. The freshly released Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Fee will be the initial-at any time citizen-led fee drawing Michigan’s congressional districts in state history.
“We actually are a overall body that thinks we want to have as a great deal impact as possible … to get maps reflective of what we’ve read.” —Brittni Kellom, MICRC Chairperson
Customers of the fee have been going all over the state obtaining input from distinct communities on what they’d like to see reflected in Michigan’s district map. A Detroit MICRC community hearing will be held at the TCF Middle from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.
Hear: How Michiganders will assistance determine the congressional maps.
Brittni Kellom is the MICRC chairperson. She suggests the commission is doing the job to advertise transparency and truthful illustration in the redistricting system. “All of our conferences are livestreamed. Everything we do is really significantly in the community eye, and for superior explanation.” The commission does perform with political experts, but Kellom states it’s independent citizens that establish the maps. “The consultants have influence in phrases of they occur with the skills and the several years of encounter to basically get the task completed. But in phrases of how it receives done … that component is up to us.”
Heading around the point out to hear from Michigan citizens has produced the commission cognizant of what actually goes into mapping, Kellom says. “We truly are a human body that believes we want to have as substantially affect as attainable … to get maps reflective of what we’ve read.” Kellom claims the commission aims to pretty signify communities who’ve historically been left out of redistricting conclusions. “The [Voting Rights Act] is some thing that is unquestionably ingrained in our thought course of action. We want to make absolutely sure we are not re-victimizing all those individuals who have been disenfranchised.”
Edward Woods III is the communications and outreach director for the MICRC. Woods serves the fee but isn’t on it. He claims instead of politicians, it’s Michigan citizens who will identify how districts are drawn. “When you consider of governing administration for the people by the men and women, just before the commission can attract the lines, they need to hear from citizens.” Every thing the commission does is open up and clear, which Woods states is groundbreaking. “This is just an enjoyable time to be a part of democracy, to be a aspect of change.”