CLC and Voters Not Politicians Join Lawsuit Defending Michigan’s Congressional Maps

A woman speaking at a podium in a large gymnasium with many audience members behind her.
Nancy Wang, Executive Director of Voters Not Politicians, speaks at a public hearing of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission in Flint, MI on October 26, 2021. Photo by Tyler Stabile

Campaign Legal Center (CLC), on behalf of Voters Not Politicians (VNP), took steps to intervene as defendants in a lawsuit filed on Feb. 7, 2022 that challenges and seeks to overturn the Michigan congressional maps recently adopted by Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Created by a citizen-led ballot initiative passed in 2018, the commission adopted and enacted a new plan for Michigan’s 13 Congressional districts in late December 2021. A group of Michigan voters has since filed a lawsuit challenging the map.

As the principal sponsor of that ballot initiative, VNP seeks to intervene to defend the work of the nonpartisan commission and ensure that the court faithfully interprets the redistricting standards enacted by the voters of Michigan in 2018. 

Independent redistricting commissions (IRC) take the power of redistricting out of the hands of partisan legislators, who have proven that they will use the process to gain power when given the opportunity to do so.

These commissions instead give the power to the citizens to choose their representatives and create a more fair and transparent process for redrawing districts. Michiganders’ choice to do so should be respected.

The commission was passed with 61% of the vote, gaining support from both red and blue counties statewide.

Elections should be determined by voters, not politicians. IRCs, like the one passed by Michigan voters in 2018, are designed to ensure that our political system remains by, of and for the people. The court should reject this effort to prevent the commission from accomplishing the purpose for which it was overwhelmingly approved by the voters. 

Brendan is a Senior Communications Manager for Campaign Finance and Ethics issues at CLC.
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