Michigan Democrats in the state House are renewing their call for a citizen-led redistricting commission in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that affirmed a similar model in Arizona. Reps. Jon Hoadley and Jeremy Moss are reintroducing legislation that would create a bipartisan and independent committee to draw new political boundary lines each decade following the national census.
Hoadley, D-Kalamazoo, said he hopes to take politics out of the redistricting process, which is currently controlled by the majority party in the state Legislature at the turn of any given decade.
“I hope that it can start a conversation of what people-powered democracy can really look like,” he said. “An independent redistricting commission would ensure that we all have to compete on a level playing field to make sure our ideas are winning votes, not just us picking which voters we want.”