What is the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission?
Every ten years following the US Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their populations. In 2018 voters across the state voted to amend the Michigan constitution to make citizens – not politicians or special interests – responsible for redrawing the district lines. The group of citizens, called the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, will be composed of 13 randomly-selected Michigan registered voters: four will be those who affiliate with the Democratic party, four who affiliate with the Republican party and five who do not affiliate with either major party.
How will the commissioners be chosen?
Commissioners will be chosen from a pool of people who apply to serve and also from a pool of registered voters chosen at random by the Secretary of State.
Can anyone apply to serve on the commission?
No, there are some exclusions as to who is eligible to serve. The following groups are excluded from serving on the commission itself:
- Within the past 6 years you cannot have been a candidate for partisan local, state or federal office
- Within the last 6 years you cannot have been a paid consultant, lobbyist, or employee of a lobbyist
- Within the last 6 years you cannot have been an officer or a member of the governing body of a local, state or national political party
- Within the last 6 years you cannot have been employed by: the legislature, an elected official, political candidate, political candidate’s campaign, or PAC, or be an unclassified state employee exempt from civil service (with a few exceptions)
- You may not be a parent, step-parent, child, step-child, or spouse of any individual excluded above
- You may serve if you have been disqualified for appointed or elected office by the constitution