Watch the 4/20 Webinar: "Michigan Redistricting: Making Public Hearings Fair and Effective"
See the Resources slide from the 4/20 event
Watch the 2/25 Webinar: "The next big thing: Redistricting in Michigan and the role of communities of interest"
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 a new Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) composed of thirteen citizens. CLOSUP launched its Michigan Redistricting Project in the summer of 2019 to assist the State of Michigan and the MICRC with this new approach to drawing district maps.
Communities of Interest: a CLOSUP research project and report to the MICRC
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 MICRC 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 begin identifying potential communities of interest (COIs) around the state, and is partnering with other organizations to encourage potential COIs to learn about the redistricting process and consider engaging in it to represent their interests. 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 MICRC
CLOSUP also assisted MDOS in planning for the launch and startup phase of the Commission, including planning the overall contents of the MICRC’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 were published in August, 2020. Read the full report: Michigan local leaders' views on state's new approach to electoral redistricting.