Will the Redistricting Commission Make Gerrymandering Worse?

Things have changed. In 2018 voters went to the polls and approved a constitutional amendment that puts legislative redistricting in the hands of 13 unelected citizens chosen at random from a pool of partisan and allegedly nonpartisan activist applicants.

The goal, left-wing activists told us, was to end gerrymandering. They wanted to take bizarrely shaped legislative districts and make them a thing of the past. Let voters pick their politicians, they said, not the other way around.

Those same liberal politicos are singing a different tune today.
 
Freedom Fund’s Greg McNeilly writes this week in the Detroit News:

“Commissioners are under withering fire from progressive activists to ignore city, municipal and county boundaries when they draw maps and to instead rely on so-called 'communities of interest' built around progressive political goals and identity politics.
 
“Driving the push to gerrymander the maps are elites at the University of Michigan who published a report (with the assistance of the Democratic secretary of state) that encourages the commission to draw districts based on things like shared support for specific legislation, cultural bonds, and something as ambiguous as 'a shared vision of the future.' This is gerrymandering manifest.”


Instead of maps drawn by men and women elected by the people, we may soon see maps drawn by men and women pushing a very specific, very liberal political legislative agenda.
 
The ball’s in the Commission’s court. The rest of us? We’re left encouraging them to do the right thing and to end gerrymandering – not make it worse.

For Freedom,

Tori Sachs
Executive Director
Michigan Freedom Fund

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