Court denies Republicans’ bid to halt Michigan’s redistricting commission

Michigan Bridge Magazine

Voters Not Politicians, the group behind the successful ballot initiative to implement the commission, intervened in the case last fall to argue for the commission. Lawyers from the Campaign Legal Center, a national voting rights advocacy group, spoke on their behalf in court during oral arguments in March. “We are pleased with the decision today, which places the interests of Michigan voters first. Taking partisanship out of drawing electoral maps is critical to advancing the principle of accountability in government,” said Paul Smith, an attorney with the CLC. “Michigan voters want fair maps. They will not be silenced by special interests, who continue to try and exert their will over the redistricting process.”

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