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In Michigan a current map can be challenged in the Supreme Court at anytime and can be struck down if deemed unfair. Each political party has the opportunity to challenge this process through an impartial federal court. How is this process "unfair"? Seems to me this would eliminate the need of an "independent commission". Who vets and chooses the members of the independent commission? How long do these members sit on the commission? Who chooses those who chose the members of the commission and how long do they sit in their respective positions? How are they vetted?
People have suggested the process will be manipulated by politicians while others believe only monks will be eligible. Thanks for your help.
While briefly reading the proposed new language, I did not see any references to U.S. House of Representative district design. Did I miss it or is that determined by the U.S. constitution and therefore outside the scope of our proposed changes to the Michigan constitution? All i saw was language relating to the state senate and state house districts.
what is the timing for legislative district changes if the ballot proposal passes in Nov 2018? When will the redistricting actually happen?
I want to be on the commission, but I won't be old enough when the 2020 redistricting happens. I'm pretty sure there's probably other teenagers who have the same problem. So to give them a chance, people should only be allowed to serve in the commission once. Is this possible?
I understand the language may not be available yet, but what type of reform will be in the petition? Will it include a requirement of independent computer vetting of the results to confirm that no gerrymandering is present? If it is an independent commission ... how will they be chosen? Who will appoint them? How will you assure balance and fairness? Non-politicians still have bias and party affiliations. How are you planning you protect the commission from having an unfair representation by the current ruling party or any other party? (I.e. Bi partisan since complete independence is improbable)
How has California's new maps impacted their elections? Are elections more competitive? Did seats change? Did representatives become more responsive? Are people happier with their representatives?