The Supreme Court’s decision to allow voters to take the authority to draw congressional district lines away from state legislatures and give it to independent commissions has many Democrats and progressives in Michigan very happy. There’s been lots of rejoicing among those who’ve hated gerrymandering – the drawing of district lines to benefit one party over the over. For the past fifteen years Michigan Republicans have dominated the redistricting process because they’ve been in control when the lines have been drawn. So, for Democrats, the Holy Grail is some kind of redistricting reform: taking the power of drawing district lines away lawmakers and giving it to an independent commission.
Democratic state Representative Jon Hoadley will introduce legislation in the next week or two (including a proposed amendment to the state constitution) to establish a Michigan redistricting commission.
“I’m working on non-partisan redistricting to make sure voters actually pick their elected officials instead of politicians deciding which voters they want to have in their districts to vote for them,” Hoadley told It’s Just Politics.