The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request to press pause on the remapping sessions underway for metro Detroit political districts while the commission appeals a lower court’s decision that found their original maps unconstitutional.
Metro Detroiters will have their first chance to weigh in on possible new political district maps next week after the state’s independent redistricting commission began court-ordered attempts to redraw several House districts.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s request to press pause on redrawing state legislative districts before the 2024 election cycle comes as Michigan’s citizen-led redistricting commission begins a second round of mapping this week.
The three-judge panel instructed the state redistricting commission to work quickly to redraw House maps so they can be finalized by the end of March. The timeline to redraw Senate maps is yet to be finalized.
Michigan voters wanted transparency when they created a new citizens panel to draw legislative maps. They got it. Now, some are skeptical if in-fighting will doom efforts to redraw 13 maps deemed unconstitutional.
Proposal 2 promised an independent commission free from partisan manipulation of political districts. Revelations surrounding the activities of three departing members suggest more vetting must be done.
A three-judge panel ruled that 13 districts around Detroit diluted Black voters’ clout and must be redrawn. The ruling likely will have a domino effect that could impact presidential primary and Dem majority in the House.