Redistricting Updates from VNP

The Headlines

This week the MICRC heard Voting Rights Act and partisan fairness analysis on the 33 draft map configurations. They also named several map variations with (at times controversial) bird names. We expect the commission to narrow the options next week, and we will work with partners and bring you our analysis. 

There are significant partisan fairness differences among the maps. It’s critical that among the maps that provide opportunities for historically marginalized communities to choose candidates of their choice and do a good job balancing communities of interest, that the commission move forward with those with the least partisan bias.

In other exciting news, Voters Not Politicians staff and board were able to share our grassroots organizing success with an international audience!

The Details


  • After two days of mapping following the commission’s first round of in-person public hearings, the commission’s VRA and partisan fairness experts gave presentations on how the maps fared on the two criteria.
    • As with the House redraw, the commission’s VRA counsel looked at primary election data to determine the likelihood of Black voters in Detroit being able to elect their candidates of choice in the affected districts. 
    • Counsel determined that maps with at least four opportunity districts would likely be compliant, but maps with three districts could also be compliant with narrowly tailored tweaks.
  • Of the 33 collaborative and individual maps analyzed, 12 had 4 VRA opportunity districts. 
  • The commission spent the rest of Thursday’s meeting distinguishing between all of the maps that received 4’s along with some 3’s, and giving bird names to maps that commissioners preferred.
  • VNP staff wonders what flamingos are doing on this list of birds which, otherwise, are actually seen in the wild in Michigan. Apparently the commission debated whether flamingos are birds at all. They are

Voters Not Politicians Takes Our Mission International

Photo of Voters Not Politicians staff and bard members meeting with young German leaders

Last week, several Voters Not Politicians staff and board members met with a group of young German leaders as part of the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s “Grow the Future” program which aims to strengthen democratic alliances. 

Our team spoke with the group of activists, researchers, and policy advisors about VNP’s success in organizing grassroots citizen action which has fundamentally changed and strengthened Michigan’s democracy. We also discussed the state of democracy in Michigan, in the US, and in Germany, and what we as organizers can do to engage citizens to participate in our democracy and protect our democratic institutions. 

This was a great opportunity to share both challenges and solutions with people who will help lead Germany forward. VNP was honored to be invited by the foundation.

What’s Next

Next week, we expect the commission to begin work paring down the number of draft map options, ahead of the official public comment period. In the meantime, residents can still offer public comment on their preferred maps. The MICRC must submit a set of draft proposed maps to the court by May 22, and virtual and in-person public hearings on those maps are scheduled to begin on May 29. 

Voters Not Politicians is also preparing to drive as many voters as possible to the commission’s in-person public hearings to provide feedback on the draft maps. We will continue our digital ad campaign, as well as getting information about the hearings directly to residents in the affected districts. 

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