The Redrawing Process for Contested House Districts Begins

Jan 19, 2024

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission began its work to redraw the political district lines of seven contested House seats in and around metro Detroit. A three-judge panel in the U.S. District Court in Western Michigan gave the commission until February 2 to draw new House maps that will be available for public comment.

Key Points:

    • The Court has quickened the pace due to the election later this year as all 100 House seats will be up for election.
    • The filing deadline for August’s primary race is April 23 and new approved district maps are critical for the process.
    • This is part of the ongoing legal challenge to maps drawn during the redistricting process following the 2020 census.

Latest Update:

    • The Commission appealed the U.S. District Court’s ruling to the United States Supreme Court. The Plaintiff was given until January 17 to file a response as the issue was placed on the January 18 docket.
    • Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow Michigan to hold elections this year using the 2021 maps.

Next Steps:

    • The commission will hold meetings during the week of January 22 in person at Cadillac Place in Detroit and additional Detroit locations to be determined.
    • Meetings during the week of January 29 will be held virtually.
    • All session dates, times, and locations are available online, please click here to view the information.
    • All mapping sessions will be livestreamed on the commission’s YouTube Channel.

The impacted districts are all currently held by Democratic members in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties.  The impacted districts are:

    • District 1 – Representative Tyrone Carter
    • District 7 – Representative Helena Scott
    • District 8 – Representative. Mike McFall
    • District 10 – Speaker of the House Joe Tate
    • District 11 – Representative Veronica Paiz
    • District 12 – Representative Kimberly Edwards
    • District 14 – Representative Donovan McKinney

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