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Group aims to reform political redistricting in Michigan

 

A Michigan citizens group says the state's system for drawing political boundaries is fundamentally flawed.

 

Michigan law calls for the Legislature to draw new lines for legislative and congressional districts every 10 years following the Census.

 

However, Voters Not Politicians economist John Hanieski says the state is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats but the GOP wins more seats because of gerrymandering.

 

VNP says this allows lawmakers to put their interests ahead of their constituents.

 

The group plans to host town halls through March and spend April drafting an amendment to the state constitution to create an independent redistricting commission.

 

Their goal is to get the issue on the 2018 ballot.

 

 

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