Partisan redistricting is at “the heart of so much frustration the public is feeling toward their elected leaders,” according to the Michigan League of Women Voters, which is hosting a series of town halls across the state to discuss alternatives. “Think about this for a minute. In Michigan, every 10 years, we allow politicians of whichever party is in power to draw their own districts to the advantage of their political party and their own re-election,” said League vice president Sue Smith. “This means we’re allowing politicians to pick their voters, rather than allowing voters to pick their representatives.”
Michigan is among a majority of states that relies on its Legislature to redraw legislative and Congressional district boundaries every 10 years following the decennial U.S. Census.
More than 20 other states have some sort of redistricting commission that plays a role in the process, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.