Application process begins to form Redistricting Commission

RANDOM SELECTION OF VOTERS INVITED TO APPLY

    Applications to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) were mailed Monday to 250,000 randomly selected voters across the state, according to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
     The mailing is the next step in a process to create Michigan’s first -- and one of the nation’s first -- citizens redistricting commission, which voters approved in November 2018 as Proposal 2 to amend the Michigan Constitution.
     The commission of 13 randomly-selected members will have exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives, and U.S. Congress every 10 years. District lines for political offices in Michigan, as in other states, must be redrawn every decade following the U.S. Census. The Constitution requires that the Secretary of State mail applications to serve on the commission to a minimum of 10,000 randomly selected Michigan voters.
     According to Benson, voters who do not receive an application in the mail may also apply online.
     Applications to serve are available online at RedistrictingMichigan.org and application workshops are being held across the state. Applications must be signed in the presence of a notary and returned to the Department of State by June 1, 2020.
     On Nov. 19, representatives from third-party independent governmental accounting firm Rehmann LLC, of Troy, MI, randomly selected names of residents to whom an ICRC application packet would be mailed. This occurred while members of the public and the media observed.
     According to the Michigan Constitution, in June 2020, 200 semifinalists must be randomly selected from the pool of applicants. Sixty of the applicants must affiliate with the Democratic Party, 60 with the Republican Party, and 80 must not affiliate with either party. Half of these semifinalists must be recipients of the random mailing.
     The final citizen commission, once selected, will be made up of four Democrats, four Republicans and five unaffiliated voters. The deadline for the commission to adopt a redistricting plan for Michigan’s districts is Nov. 1, 2021.
     Under the new constitutional provision, voters assigned the Secretary of State the responsibility of administering the application and selection process of commissioners, as well as providing administrative support to the commission once formed.
     For more information on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, visit  RedistrictingMichigan.org.

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