A random drawing was held this week to determine the 250,000 registered Michigan voters who will receive an application to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which was created by a ballot initiative in 2018. Representatives from a third-party independent account firm randomly selected the names, while members of the public and media observed. The Constitution requires that applications be mailed to 10,000 randomly selected voters. However, since this is the first time implementing the redistricting amendment, the Secretary of State chose to randomly select 250,000 voters to ensure the requisite number of individuals will respond to the mailing. However, even residents who don’t receive an application can fill one out online at RedistrictingMichigan.org.
Under the Michigan Constitution, in June 2020 the Secretary of State must randomly select 200 semi-finalists; 60 applicants who affiliate with the Democratic Party, 60 applicants who affiliate with the Republican Party, and 80 applicants who do not affiliate with either party. Half of these semi-finalists must be recipients of the random mailing. Additionally, the entire pool of 200 semi-finalists must mirror the geographic and demographic makeup of the state.
Once selected, the 13-member commission will have exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House, and U.S. Congress every 10 years following the census. The commission must adopt a redistricting plan by November 1, 2021.
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