Redistricting Proposal Collects More Than 300K Signatures

Organizers behind a ballot proposal initiative to change how Legislative and Congressional districts are drawn in Michigan have collected more than 300,000 signatures toward putting its constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot, according to a report in Gongwer.

The organization Voters not Politicianshas set a goal of about 400,000 signatures to provide a cushion against invalid signatures, such as duplicates or people not registered to vote. The group is required to submit 315,654 valid signatures from registered voters to place the proposal on the ballot.

Their proposal would move redistricting authority out of the Legislature and put it in the hands of a 13-member commission consisting of four self-identified Democrats, four self-identified Republicans and five people who say they are not affiliated with either of the two major political parties.

The selection of commission members would come from a combination of people applying on their own and having the Secretary of State mail applications to 10,000 randomly selected registered voters. Once a pool of 60 applicants from each of the two major political parties and 80 from the unaffiliated group would be randomly drawn from the applicants, legislative leaders from both parties could veto up to five applicants. The Secretary of State would then randomly draw the names of the commission’s members from the final pool of applicants.

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