Michigan Republicans sue to block redistricting commission

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans have sued to block the creation of a redistricting commission, contending people would be unconstitutionally prohibited from serving on the panel.

Voters last fall approved a constitutional amendment to have the commission draw congressional and legislative districts instead of the Legislature starting in 2021 — a bid to curtail partisan gerrymandering.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday challenges provisions that bar commissioners from being a candidate for partisan federal, state or local office in the last six years. Others excluded from serving include state employees, lobbyists and political consultants.

Among the plaintiffs are a Republican state senator and party officials. They say the eligibility standards violate their First Amendment rights.

Voters Not Politicians, which spearheaded the redistricting change, says it’s no surprise politicians “want to undermine the voice of voters.”

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  • rg

    Politicians, behind closed doors, will appoint commissioners so whats the difference? The panel will be run by the party in power.

  • Rj

    This initiative was just one of many things including same day registration and automatic registration that a number of states passed. This is one of many parts of the transformation of America including allowing illegals to vote once the governor and Secretary of State tries to pass it.

  • BS

    Democrats had no problem gerrymandering when they were in control. The Michigan Attorney General should step down. She has publicly stated that when it comes to abortion, she will not follow federal law if the existing law changes. What other laws will she be willing to ignore – Illegal Aliens Voting?

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