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The Solution

 

Let's end Gerrymandering in Michigan


Michigan voters can end gerrymandering in Michigan before 2021 when the next election maps are redrawn.


Voters Not Politicians’ mission is to end gerrymandering by 2018 through a citizen led ballot initiative. We are currently collecting petition signatures through February 2018. Once we collect 315,654 valid signatures in 180 days, we will secure a spot in the November 6 2018 election as a ballot measure. With a simple majority vote from the voters of Michigan, we will amend Michigan’s constitution to place an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission in charge of redistricting, ensuring that voters will choose their politicians, not the other way around.

 

The proposal to end gerrymandering in Michigan


Instead of giving politicians the power to draw our voting districts - who ultimately stand to benefit from their decisions - we propose an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission of registered Michigan voters to draw voting districts using guidelines that ensure fairness to all. We believe that the voters of Michigan - not politicians - should be entrusted with this important and monumental task.


Our proposal will eliminate political influence and bias in the redistricting process through a fair, transparent, and nonpartisan solution. Here’s how:


    • Voters, Not Politicians: An Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) will be in charge of the redistricting process. The Commission will be made up of 4 Democrats, 4 Republicans, and 5 Independents with representation from across the state. Political insiders (politicians, consultants, lobbyists) will be banned from serving on the Commission. Read more about how the Commissioners are selected here.


    • Fairness: The fairness of any idea to reform partisan voting maps comes down to how the maps themselves end up being drawn. The ICRC is required to follow a prioritized set of criteria and standards when drawing the maps. A minimum of 2 Democrats, 2 Republicans, and 2 Independents on the Commission must approve the final maps. This prevents one political party from controlling the process. Read more about how maps are drawn here.

The proposal takes redistricting out of the backroom and ends the conflict of interest that festers when politicians have the power to choose their voters. The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will ensure voters choose their politicians, instead of the other way around, so that Michigan votes count and that Michiganders’ voices are heard.

 

Amending Michigan’s constitution


In order to adopt the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, we must pass a constitutional amendment through a ballot initiative. Here’s how we do it:


    1. Create and submit a proposal to amend Michigan’s constitution.
    2. Collect 315,654 valid signatures on paper petitions in 180 consecutive days.
    3. Obtain a simple majority "yes" vote in the November 2018 general election.

 

Take Action


People across Michigan who value their votes are taking action to reform redistricting rules. If you're ready, find out how you can get involved.



Sign the Petition

We need to collect 315,654 valid petition signatures. Click here to find out where you can sign the petition.

Volunteer

Make your vote count and your voice heard! Lace up your boots and volunteer with Voters Not Politicians.

Donate

This campaign will cost millions. Your donation is critical in demanding reform that brings transparent, impartial, and fair elections to Michigan by 2020. Donate here.



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Learn More

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