In November, 2018, the citizens of Michigan passed Proposal 2, which amended the Michigan Constitution to place congressional and state legislative redistricting in the hands of an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) composed of thirteen citizens. CLOSUP launched its Michigan Redistricting Project in the summer of 2019 to assist the State of Michigan and the ICRC with this new approach to drawing district maps.
Communities of Interest: a CLOSUP research project and report to the ICRC
The CLOSUP Michigan Redistricting project began with research on behalf of, and in coordination with the Michigan Department of State (MDOS), to provide recommendations to the ICRC regarding “communities of interest,” a new concept in Michigan and one of the highest priorities the Commission must address in drawing new maps. The CLOSUP report was included in the initial briefing materials provided to the Commissioners before their first meeting in the fall of 2020.
The Center is also conducting research during the fall of 2020 and winter of 2021 to identify communities of interest (COIs) around the state, and is partnering with other organizations to encourage participation in the redistricting process by the COIs. Contact us at CLOSUP by email to email@example.com or see the research project page to learn more.
Assisting with the launch of the ICRC
CLOSUP also assisted MDOS in planning for the launch and startup phase of the Commission, including planning the overall contents of the ICRC’s briefing materials, and a series of training sessions. CLOSUP Executive Director Tom Ivacko, and CLOSUP Faculty Affiliate John Chamberlin participated in panels during the Commission’s first convening, and in additional training sessions for the commissioners:
Criteria and Public Hearings
Michigan Demographics & the Census
REDISTRICTING RESEARCH IN THE MICHIGAN PUBLIC POLICY SURVEY
The Spring 2020 Michigan Public Policy Survey asked Michigan local government officials a number of questions about redistricting, including their familiarity with the state’s new approach to redistricting, the existence of specific communities of interest in their jurisdiction, and a list of jurisdictions they felt should be kept in the same district as their own jurisdiction.
Preliminary findings are available. A full report will be available in early 2021.