Michigan’s Proposition 2 seeks to fix the state’s ultra-partisan redistricting process by establishing a bipartisan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) made up of four Republicans, four Democrats, and five voters affiliated with neither party.
The proposition also sets forth a set of standards that must be used to draw congressional and state legislative maps, which include not favoring or disfavoring any elected official or candidate and not giving disproportionate advantage to any political party.
Why are these standards important? Because the GOP’s partisan gerrymandering has subverted democracy in Michigan in every election since the new maps were drawn in 2011. In 2012, 2014, and 2016, Democratic state House candidates received more votes statewide than Republicans—yet they remained the minority party in the chamber after each election.
In 2016, Democratic and Republican U.S. House candidates received approximately the same number of votes statewide. But because of Republicans’ nefariously drawn maps, Republicans won nine of the state’s 14 congressional districts—64 percent of those seats.
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