LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The existence of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission has been secured as the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Commission’s efforts.
The Commission was formed after a 2018 vote where 61% of Michiganders voted “yes” to create the commission in an effort to end gerrymandering.
Gerrymandering is a process where electoral districts are drawn in a manner that benefits a particular political party or ideology.
The court said on Thursday:
|We rejected similar—if not identical—arguments to those that Plaintiffs raise here when we affirmed the district court’s earlier denial of Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction in Daunt v. Benson, 956 F.3d 396 (6th Cir. 2020) (“Daunt I”). Plaintiffs’ arguments are no more persuasive this time around.|
“The Commission is hard at work, and the fair, impartial, and transparent, citizen-led redistricting process will continue the way voters intended it!” said Voters Not Politicians, an anti-gerrymandering group that spearheaded the vote.