Supporters of the Voters Not Politicians (VNP) redistricting proposal landed a victory after their petition was certified by the Board of State Canvassers on June 20. The board approved the petition by a 3-0 vote with one board member absent.
The certification comes following the Court of Appeals’ unanimous rejection of arguments from VNP’s opponents, Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution (CPMC). The court ruled that the proposal to create a citizen commission to oversee drafting of Michigan’s legislative and congressional boundaries does not amount to a complete overhaul of Michigan’s Constitution.
The Supreme Court last week issued an order denying CPMC’s request to stay the appeals court decision, which ordered the proposal be certified as having sufficient signatures to be placed on the November ballot. An appeal is still pending before the Supreme Court.