Protect Proposal 2 from Lame Duck!
On November 6, over 61% of Michigan voters passed a redistricting reform constitutional amendment by voting YES on Proposal 2 to create an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
But now, the redistricting reform amendment is under attack during the Legislature’s “lame duck” session.
Unaccountable politicians are trying to pass unconstitutional, unnecessary, and unethical legislation to undermine Michigan voters by manipulating the fair, impartial, and transparent redistricting process that is enshrined in our constitution.
UNCONSTITUTIONAL - The voters specifically declared in the constitutional amendment itself that the Legislature cannot interfere with the powers or functions of the Commission or the process by which commissioners are selected. According to an opinion issued by Attorney General Mike Cox in 2005, new laws that alter a self-executing constitutional amendment are unconstitutional - and that’s exactly what SB 1254 is trying to do. The Legislature’s attempt to re-insert itself into the redistricting process where the constitutional amendment specifically prohibits their involvement is unconstitutional.
UNNECESSARY - The constitutional amendment is self-executing, meaning that it lays down the rules by which districts shall be drawn, the process by which they shall be drawn, and the manner in which commissioners shall be selected. The constitutional amendment does not need or even allow involvement from the Legislature.
UNETHICAL - Trying to jam legislation through during “lame duck” defies the will of the voters who voted to pass the redistricting reform constitutional amendment as it was written.
Please contact your elected officials and urge them to vote NO on SB 1254 and any other legislation that interferes with the redistricting reform amendment to Michigan’s constitution.
Below is an example script to use when you call:
Hello, my name is [NAME]. Is Rep. [NAME] available?
My am a constituent and am calling to urge Rep. [NAME] to vote NO on Senate Bill 1254.
Senate Bill 1254 is unconstitutional, unnecessary, and unethical. The constitutional amendment does not need or even allow involvement from the Legislature, and former AG Mike Cox even issued an opinion in 2005 stating that new laws that alter a self-executing constitutional amendment are unconstitutional - and that’s exactly what SB 1254 is trying to do.
Millions of Michiganders voted to pass Proposal 2 by an overwhelming margin. I hope Rep. [NAME] will join me and the majority of his/her constituents in opposition to this attempt to undermine the voice of Michigan voters with unconstitutional legislation.
Again, I urge Rep. [NAME] to vote NO on Senate Bill 1254 to not only support the will of the voters but to defend our state constitution.
Thank you for your continued advocacy! We will be sure to keep you posted on what is next.