Report: The Role of Communities of Interest in Michigan's New Approach to Redistricting: Recommendations to the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission
An Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will be redrawing state and federal legislative districts in Michigan in 2021 with a mandate: The districts must "reflect the state's diverse population and communities of interest." The requirement is one of the highest priorities according to a state constitution amendment passed in 2018, yet the definition of communities of interest (COI) hasn't been clearly delineated in Michigan or other states that have launched redistricting efforts. A study conducted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy aims to define what constitutes COI, and how they can factor into the process.
The study was conducted in conjunction with the Michigan Department of State (MDOS), and is part of the larger Michigan Redistricting Project at CLOSUP. The report will be among the materials given to the redistricting commission at its inaugural convening on Thursday and Friday Sept. 17-18.
The study was prepared during the 2019-20 school year by a team of six masters of public policy students under the direction of Ford School Professor Emeritus John Chamberlin.