MI’s independent district committee appears to be Gerrymandering

Redistributing the Michigan State House and Senate districts is a very important issue that everyone should get involved in. The redistribution of US Congressional Districts from Michigan is also a very important issue that everyone should get involved in. This will affect your representation at the state and federal levels for at least the next 10 years and possibly longer. It’s happening right now!

The commission needs to hear from you “the people” about these proposed maps. This Friday, October 22sd the commission will be hold a public hearing in Grand Rapids at DeVos Place. The left will appear, won’t it?

The Commission canceled their public hearing in Kalamazoo, why I’m not sure. Your only chance to be seen and heard physically is this Friday.

It seems that many of the commissioners are more interested in creating “fair” neighborhoods than in respecting our communities and their community boundaries. Commissioner Anthony Eid said: “We may have to get a little creative.” Be a little creative, it sure sounds like gerrymandering to me!

Their latest idea is to put Kalamazoo with Grand Rapids in a gerrymandered neighborhood. It doesn’t make any sense at all. These zones do not share infrastructure, taxes, services, etc. In some ways, they’re economic competitors, aren’t they?

Do you not agree that Grand Rapids should be owned by Kent County, not Kalamazoo? They must stop gerrymandering and start honoring our communities and the people who live in them. Arbitrarily breaking up communities and focusing on partisan fairness or some other number ignores the will of the voters and does not respect the citizen of our state.

Urge them to honor our communities. This is a higher constitutional priority than trying to make every district a “fair partisan”.

If you can’t attend the public meeting and I urge you to do so if you can. Seeing people who are not happy with their cards is better than reading their website reviews. That’s not to say that if you can’t, and I know a lot of you can’t, you should always go to their comment portal and give them your opinion, whatever it is.

You can also submit your comments on this proposal online at MI redistribution public comment portal.

You can ask them and inform them of the following:

  • Honor the community of interest that came before the Commission over the spring and summer. Communities of interest are a higher constitutional priority than partisan fairness.
  • Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo have little in common. They do not share infrastructure, tax entities or services. In some ways, they are economic competitors. Grand Rapids and Kent County share services, mills, etc., and Kent County was built around the same infrastructure.
  • The Independent Redistribution Commission was supposedly created to honor our communities. If they arbitrarily divide communities, focusing instead on partisan equity or some other number, they are ignoring the will of the voters.

You can RSVP to [email protected] if you want to connect with like-minded people during the public comment event.

Redistribution may seem like a bureaucratic government function “in the weeds”, but it is one of the most important. If the Michigan “Independent” Decoupage Commission, which currently has 6 Democrats, 4 Republicans and 3 “Independents,” is allowed to gerrymander districts, you may not really have a choice of who represents you.

Stand up and give your thoughts to the Commission and feel free to use my bullet points above to do so.

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