Electoral redistricting by an allotted citizens commission in Michigan

The Monroe News from Michigan reports:

Applicants sought for Michigan redistricting panel

The Secretary of State’s office recently sent 250,000 randomly selected Michigan voters applications to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

The 13-member commission will be responsible for drawing the boundaries for the state’s Senate and House of Representatives districts. It also will design the districts for the congressional delegation.

The commission is being formed as a result of the passage of Proposal 2 in November 2018. The ballot measure amended the state constitution to grant the authority to an independent citizen commission, taking the power away from the state’s governor and the Legislature.

Proposal 2 passed statewide 2,522,355- 1,593,556.

The commission will be composed of four Democrats, four Republicans and five voters who do not identify with either party. Districts are redrawn every 10 years in response to the U. S. Census, which will be conducted this year.

Per the proposal, the secretary of state’s office is required to mail out the applications to at least 10,000 randomly selected voters. Troy-based Rehmann LLC handled the selection process.

Residents within the state who weren’t part of the random mailing also may apply for the commission.

One Response

  1. I see this as significant. One of the great strengths of sortition based bodies is that they can provide an alternative way to deliver ‘independence’ of party politics. This has typically been done by appointing ‘independent’ officers who then have some constitutionally protected independence – whether formally or via ‘tradition’. But this system has already broken down on the US Supreme Court and at a time of growing impatience with the political class, I think this kind of development can help showcase the potential of sortition.

    Of course, it’s also melded with the existing system, so it’s a hybrid. Still, I’m unaware of such hybrids going badly. People tend to speak of the hybrid citizens/politicians’ chamber in Ireland as a success. But others here will be able to set me straight if they think I’m mistaken.

    What other experiences are there and how have they gone?

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