Members of the Michigan redistricting committee approved new maps for the state’s congressional districts, the state building, and the state senate.
They made their decision after months of planning and more than 25,000 comments from residents statewide, and the changes will shape the state’s political landscape for the next decade.
Commissioner Cynthia Orton said: “We compromised, we came together and we could pick the map today.
They voted Tuesday for congressional and legislative maps that are supposed to be fairer to Democrats than maps drawn up by Republicans over the past two decades.
“Are they perfect? No, they’re not perfect, but we worked really hard and we listened,” said Commissioner Steven Lett.
The committee was set up by voters in 2018 to eliminate gerrymandering parties, and nearly all 13 members agreed that the process would need to be improved.
Commissioner Brittni Kellom was deeply moved by how the map ultimately affected black voters in areas like Detroit, Flint and Saginaw.
“How do you balance the fact that we live in a place that loves numbers and math and proves things, but then we have experienced people access,” said Kellom. and forfeited the right to use. “I wish we could try harder with time to ease our worries. I wish there was more time to get it right, absolutely. ”
Among several changes, Flint and Grand Blanc will now be in the same senate district, as will Bay City, Midland and Saginaw. The newly drawn Eighth Congressional District includes many of the communities that Congressman Dan Kildee represents, but it now includes Midland and parts of Midland County.
Kildee said: “I think it went very well, it’s a compact area that makes me feel at home.
Kildee said the new county was familiar territory and he was confident about his chances of re-election.
“If they’re struggling to make ends meet if they’re struggling to make sure they don’t have to choose between buying lifesaving drugs or paying rent then I think I fit that family and that area, ‘ said Kildee.