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Brent Snavely
This map is completely bonkers. This should not be adopted at all. Birmingham and Detroit in the same district? Madison Heights and Detroit in the same district? I live in Detroit. I visit both of those communities often and like them. But they are not culturally compatable.
Theresa Mungioli
Another awful plan that splits Oakland County into too many small pieces.
Alex C
This map makes no sense. Grosse Pointe should not be split in two. North Central/East Detroit should not share a district with Macomb Co. suburbs. All of GP, Harper Woods and the following Detroit east side neighborhoods should be in a district: East English Village, Morningside, Jefferson Chalmers, Cornerstone Village. Districts should be built around communities of a shared interest.
Alex C
This district favors Republicans and takes representation away the East Side of Detroit. What does a sliver of the overwhelmingly Democratic East side of Detroit have in common with any of the more conservative Macomb County suburbs? Districts are supposed to be made around communities of shared interest. Representation would be taken away from the East side of Detroit with this district map.
Alex C
This district favors Republicans and takes representation away from Harper Woods and the East Side of Detroit. Grosse Pointe also has been trending more Democratic when looking at the 2020 election results and should not be broken into two Districts. Districts are supposed to be around communities of shared interest. New Haven and New Baltimore are very different from the urban, inner ring suburbs of Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe. District 7 should start at the Macomb Co. boundary line.
Jared Boot
This map is close to being fair but needs to go further to give the majority of voters the majority of seats.
Jared Boot
This map has 5 Voting Rights Act districts, the same as current. Most good maps get to at least 6 but Promote the Vote has 7.
Leslie
This map is too favorable to Republicans
Dorothy Munson
During the 10/22 Redistricting Commission meeting in Grand Rapids, several suggestions were made to improve the north Grand Rapids district 24 to much improve the Communities of Interest aspect. The suggestions were to remove the four Ottawa County townships included in the district that have no commonality with Kent County Grand Rapids and suburbs and add Cascade Township adjacent to Ada Township because of its close relationship with the core six cities. The map supplied showing these suggestions ( https://davesredistricting.org/join/43230428-2697-4c99-9a2c-e09ee77863d1) has been expanded show how to integrate this map with the Elm 199, Cherry 220, and Spruce 226 map configurations without changing the remainder of the state Senate districts outside this region. Map ( https://davesredistricting.org/join/ebc896af-6efa-41f6-ab96-7b52d94fb43a) details slight reconfigurations of the adjacent three out of six districts to integrate this configuration without disturbing the remainder of the state map. The four Ottawa County townships were moved from district 24 to district 33. They could not be incorporated into Ottawa County district 22 because Ottawa has too large a population to have a complete Senate district unless Holland City is removed. Thus, District 22 (Ottawa County) was not changed. Also, District 34 (Muskegon County) was not changed and the South side Grand Rapids district 23 remains as is. Cascade and Algoma townships that are closely tied to the six city Grand Rapids core in Kent County were added to district 24, District 20 was changed to incorporate more townships south of Kent County and District 3 was changed to include some parts of Ionia County that were previously in District 33. Changes to these districts maintain or improve their commonality of culture and characteristics. In summary, the improved Community of Interest configuration of district 24 on the north side of Grand Rapids was implemented with minimal changes to the surrounding districts and maintains the remainder of the state Senate map as is.
Peter Bane
Prison gerrymandering is a blight on democracy; move prison populations to overpopulated districts.
Peter Bane
I like that this map keeps West Michigan Lakeshore communities together, but it needs improvement to ensure that the majority of voters can earn the majority of seats in the Senate. We passed Prop 2 to end unwarranted partisan dominance by the minority party in Michigan (Republicans). Fair maps will return a Democratic majority to each legislative house more often than not. Not every district has to be competitive, though a good number must be. Keep working to improve this map.
Peter Bane
Cherry map is moving in the right direction, but needs more attention to increase Voting Rights Act districts. It has 5 but the better map from Promote the Vote achieves 7. You can do better.
Brendan Cotter
No map that splits up the Grosse Pointes is acceptable to anyone who lives in Grosse Pointe. They are clearly a community of interest, and surely have more in common with St. Clair Shores than any other nearby community.
Carrie Hatcher-Kay
This map is close to being fair but needs to go further to give the majority of voters the majority of seats.
Carrie Hatcher-Kay
This map has 5 Voting Rights Act districts, the same as current. Most good maps get to at least 6 but Promote the Vote has 7.
Glen Cunkle
This map has 5 Voting Rights Act districts, the same as the current. Most good maps get to at least 6. Promote The Vote maps has 7.
Glen Cunkle
To address prison gerrymandering, move the prison population to an overpopulated district.
Glen Cunkle
To address prison gerrymandering, move the prison population to an overpopulated district.
Margaret Schankler
Please move the prison population to an overpopulated district to address prison gerrymandering.
Lynne Muth
This map is close to being fair but needs to go further to give the majority of voters the majority of seats.
Richard Paas
Rural Ottowa areas should not be combined in with West Grand Rapids, an urban area.
Janet-sue Strait
Keep Ottawa County together separate from Kent Co., Cascade needs to be with #24 and redo the line of #23 to Wealthy not Fulton like wards.
Allegra Pitera
This map is close to being fair but needs to go further to give the majority of voters the majority of seats.
John Considine
Keep Ottawa whole. These townships certainly fit better with the rest of Ottawa, not as part of Kent county!
Christy Mayo
Cascade Township contains the Gerald R Ford airport which is THE airport for the Grand Rapids metro area. Please put this in with the Northern State Senate district #24 Cascade Township is not one of the 6-cities, but it is suburban Grand Rapids and should be part of the Grand Rapids Metro region.
Teri Weingarden
● This map has 5 Voting Rights Act districts, the same as current. Most good maps get to at least 6 but Promote the Vote has 7. This map is close to being fair but needs to go further to give the majority of voters the majority of seats.
Naomi Ludman
Thank you for keeping ALL of Cass County in one district. However, please consider putting the Eastern counties now in this district in a separate one. We have separate historical, cultural, and economic issues in the west. Thank you
Cheryl Lynn Depner
Superior Township (Washtenaw co) has nothing in common with the population of Plymouth (Wayne Co) and South Lyons (Oakland Co). School, county services, and taxes go to different counties to support those service. It would be impossible for a representative to fairly represent this current map. Please remove Superior Township from district 11 and add it to district 27.
ROBERTA URBANI
It is shocking how Flint is divided up so that Districts 2, 4, and 15 have very low numbers of Black voters. Black voters should not be packed into a district to limit the number of potential Black elected officials, and neither should they be cracked into small numbers in many districts to dilute their vote.
Stephen Stackable
As an independent voter , this is a plan for Midland city and Midland county that I cannot support. Midland city and county should be in the same district and have serious flood issues and other interests more aligned with the counties to the north and west of city and county.
Constance Woods
I approve of all of Troy being in one district. I also think Oakland Twp should be in another district and more cities to the south of Troy should be added.
James S Rodgers
Thank you for your hard work on the State Senate maps. Although Cherry seems fairest, it still leans Republican in a lean-Democratic state and needs further adjustment. For instance, District 27 packs Democrats into one oddly-shaped district because it joins Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. For fairness, these two should be split into separate districts that include more of their suburbs and surrounding rural areas.
Judy Daubenmier
This map is somewhat better than the others. It is getting closer to having the Senate makeup match the makeup of the state as a whole. Unpacking Democrats in smaller cities like Ann Arbor would help make it even more fair. Thank you for your work.
Virginia Preuss
Thanks for your hard work and committment to democracy in Michigan. This is the best of the Michigan senate maps, but still not far enough. This map has 5 Voting Rights Act districts, the same as current. Most good maps get to at least 6 but Promote the Vote has 7. I urge you to improve on this map overall, or consider adopting promote the vote o6159.
Dan Luria
This map makes a fair amount of sense, though it could also be seen as packing Republicans. It also ignores the strong connections between Ann Arbor and the southeast part of Livingston County. As a result, this district packs Republicans and the one to its south packs Democrats. Thus it could and should be improved. Thank you for your work.
Bonnie VanKeersbilck
This map has 5 voting rights districts as does the current one. Most maps get to at least six but Promote the Vote has 7.
Lisa Marie Hock
The City of Burton should not be split for Senate Districts. Lapeer County should not be included in a district with Northern Genesee County. The City of Burton is a community of interest that has never been split for the State Senate districts.
Kevin Grimm
While better than Spruce and Elm this map still needs to improve in relation to fairness and the Voting Rights Act. A majority of votes should result in a majority of seats.
Kendall Hauer-Wochoski
While I’m happy that Troy was not split into different districts, I think our community interests are more compatible with cities to the south like Clawson, Royal Oak and Birmingham than those north of Rochester.
Richard Wochoski
This map is marginally better than Elm. Is there a problem with dropping the cities in Macomb County and adding Clawson and Birmingham, both established cities with similar infrastructure and educational needs? If we're going to make our spending more effective, the best way is for each city in a Senate district to have similar needs.
Ronald Emaus
The partisan distribution in the accompanying data file makes no sense; each of 38 senate districts contain > 1.2 million voters: impossible. Clearly, Ann arbor needs to be unpacked. I would split it into east/west districts. Living on the east side, our interests often overlap with Ypsilanti: St Joe hospital, shopping on Carpenter, EMU events, Growing Hope, WCC and other overlapping interests (roads, intersections, police). The west of Ann Arbor is more aligned with Scio township, Barton Village, Dexter and Chelsea. For the 36 years I've lived here, my Democratic vote has been wasted in the Michigan Senate. The wasted vote in Ann Arbor is huge and I'm sure the 'Voters not Politicians' envisioned unpacking this city. That's what I voted for. Fix this.
Joshua Przygocki
Van Buren and Allegan should be kept whole and together for the Senate as a community of interest. They share many functions of government as well as a large Hispanic population. Both are rural, agriculture and tourism based economies with many similar small towns through the counties. Aside from being a community of interest, together, they fit nicely as about 2/3 of a Senate district and could take in other parts of similar rural or coastal counties. Holland would be a good fit, Barry County would be another. Van Buren and Allegan have much more in common with each other than they do with the "Michiana" border counties.
Margaret Schankler
Please move the prison population in Ionia to an overpopulated district to address prison gerrymandering.
Mary Whaley
As a lifelong resident of Genesee County I am disappointed at being redistricted onto Livingston County.
Scott Noesen
I am wondering where my comments are going? I have tried multiple times to challenge these maps on the basis of splitting a county - which is one of the criteria explicitly stated in the Constitutional Amendment. I happen to be a Midland County Commissioner in District 7 which is 100% in the city. Having said that, almost 95% of what I do as a commissioner impacts the county as a whole - including advocating for grant money, ARPA money, and delivery of mandated COUNTYWIDE SERVICES keep the county whole!
Barbara A Conley
This map combines coastal NW lower MI with the eastern UP but includes more inland areas than AFL Fair Maps. AFL Fair Maps combines coastal tourist and fruit farming and less large scale farming (found inland); Also the AFL fair maps is less partisan biased so is preferable.
Debbie Rosenman
This map has 5 Voting Rights Act districts, the same as current. Most good maps get to at least 6 but Promote the Vote has 7.
Margaret Schankler
This Cherry map is the best senate map overall. However, this map over-corrects for the packed majority-minority districts of Detroit. Please look at map o 6159 to create Detroit area districts that are closer to majority-minority.
Margaret Schankler
This map over-corrects for the packed majority-minority districts of Detroit. I believe this commission is working hard to ensure that all Michiganders have fair representation and to make racial gerrymandering a thing of the past. However, all of your draft maps accept the questionable premise that majority-minority districts can be reduced to 40% minority and still have a fair chance to elect minority representation. In fact, out of 148 total seats in Michigan’s House and Senate, only three majority-white districts are represented by Black legislators. In addition, Section 2 of the voting rights act requires that at least the same number of minority opportunity districts in a previous redistricting plan be drawn in a new redistricting plan. Please revise the Detroit Senate districts as presented in map o 6159 submitted by Promote the Vote. #ptv
Dorothy Munson
Copy of my in-person testimony 10/22. I’m Dorothy Munson, a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, representing Proactive, a non-partisan, non-profit organization supporting underserved folks. We strongly advocated for prop 2. We are depending on you to make sure the maps of west Michigan are fair and they need work to do so. State Senate map – Cherry 220 – is the best option, however it needs to have Cascade township – with our airport and all its commerce and population added to the northern Grand Rapids District 24. It is now connected to Battle Creek and all the rural areas in between. The southern boundary for the northern district should be Wealthy Street, not Fulton Street so there is more clarity around communities of interest while maintaining current ward 2 and 3 boundaries. Please understand that we are truly depending on you to protect partisan fairness. We know this process is most difficult. Better than what we have now is not good enough. We look to you to be our heros in getting this right and following the constitution to finally give everyone fair representation. Thank you!
Steven Artt
Looking at the way Detroit is divided none of the districts have a majority of African Americans. It is possible that the residents of Detroit could have no African American representation
Steven Artt
The residents of Farmington Hills will not share many of the issues that residents of wixom, New Hudson Salem or Worden. I see this a leading to tensions and divisiveness.
Diane Hewson
I appreciate your efforts. Ultimately, I want the districts to make sense and be able to effectuate majority rule. If Dems are receiving a majority of the votes, than that should be reflected in the makeup of the legislature
John Waffle
I don't like the idea of why you folks would want to attempt to fix something that's not broken. I'm worried Grand Rapids will not get it's FAIR representation. Grand Rapids is very diverse and my family like it like that. I think Grand Rapids should be a whole. It's starting to look like a jigsaw puzzle for no purpose as I can see.
William Curry Lodge
Due to multiple common interests (schools, library, community center) Farmington Hills and the City of Farmington should remain in one district. Splitting Farmington Hills itself makes no sense at all!
Jessica Wolin
Muskegon and North Muskegon should be included with Grand Haven. The population has more in common with these more suburban areas than with the mainly rural areas to the north.
Donna Deeb
Please add Cascade Township and airport to district 23. Same community of interest.
Donna Deeb
Keep district to former lines at Wealthy.
Donna Deeb
Keep Kent County separate from Ottawa County.
Chris Talwar
Please keep Farmington~Farmington Hills together ...Many reasons ...long family and cultural histories between these two regions and many longterm residents have much pride and committment to the well being collectively of our twin-cities ...the last gerrymander to separate the communities was never liked 2 Farmington and Farmington Hills combined makes a state House district. Farmington and Farmington Hills should be united in a district. We share a school district and library system and many community endeavors. Farmington Hills should not be split in two.
DAVID A BERNSTEIN
Cascade township should be included in District 24, since it includes the Gerald R. Ford airport which is the airport for Grand Rapids metropolitan area. Cascade Township's interests are closely tied to those of metropolitan Grand Rapids. They belong in the same Senate district.
DAVID A BERNSTEIN
Move the southern boundary of the district from Fulton south to Wealthy, since that conforms to the present boundary for the ward established by the City of Grand Rapids. Wards are long standing communities of interest and should be preserved.
Matthew Novak
Another dilution of majority minority districting, please revise
Matthew Novak
This plan dilutes a majority minority district that could be comprised solely within Detroit.
Matthew Novak
There is no possible way that Detroit and Birmingham share any commonality aside from Woodward Ave. This appears to dilute what should be a majority minority district comprised of Detroit
jane scott
This map artificially cuts the city of Midland away from our county and watershed neighbors. It will be a massive effort to re-build the dams and lakes which directly flow into and affect the city of Midland. Please keep Midland whole and with our watershed partners who are our true community of interest. Tri cities is a legacy name with no meaning anymore. Saginaw and Midland couldn't be further apart in their needs. Please get rid of this map.
Maureen Rice
Thank you to the Commission for this important project. To improve fairness. My recommendation is to move the district line from Fulton south to Wealthy
janice GOLDFARB
Dislike because separate Farmington and Farmington Hills. Same SCHOOL SYSTEM and LIBRARY SYSTEM and MANY ORGANIZATIONS.
Lisa
In 2020, in Michigan, Democratic voters had 53% of votes, it seems these maps should lean toward democrats having more representation than republicans. This map does not reflect that fact.
Rosalind Cox
It appears to me that many cities and neighborhoods are divided and many communities that have no common interests are combined. I'm also very concerned that all of the maps are skewed to favor Republicans and particularly will dilute the voices of Detroit residents and other communities of color. The State Senate and House maps need to be redrawn for better representation. I urge you to please check for partisan fairness as our state needs and deserves balanced, unbiased, fair maps in compliance with the VRA.
Jocelyne Romero
Our recommendation is that Grand Rapids should not be split. The Grand Rapids area, Wyoming, Byron Center, and Kentwood should remain in the same district. We agree that these municipalities share common interests.
Andy Helmboldt
This, and the other two currently proposed Senate maps, lump Battle Creek and Calhoun County together with Barry County and areas to the NW with whom we share very little. As previously commented and testified to, our strongest COI lies with Kalamazoo and Albion along the I-94 Corridor. There are other maps available that honor this COI. Please consider those instead.
Rosalind Cox
For District 16, I want to keep Troy whole and ask that you also consider including all of Clawson and moving more west to include Birmingham and Beverly Hills. Take out Oakland Township as we have nothing in common with that area.
Sandy Baxter
I encourage the Commission to keep the City of Grand Rapids whole within one State Senate district. The current map splits Grand Rapids into two districts. Grand Rapids is small enough to be drawn into one State Senate district and should not be split. Instead, the Commission should draw a State Senate district on the western border of the county that incorporates the Grandville and Walker area, instead of with Grand Rapids and Kentwood. The residents of these three municipalities share a community of interest as their school systems overlap with each other and residents work and shop in neighboring municipalities. I would suggest the Commission adopt a State Senate plan that includes the City of Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, and Kentwood.
Roger Rittenhouse
Add Cascade Township from district 3 to the Grand Rapids district 24 makes much more sense. This way the Grand Rapids airport is part of a district that is centered on the Grand Rapids community of interest.
Susan Shink
Having a district so big (29) next to a district so small (27) makes me think 27 --Ann Arbor--ought to be unpacked!
Kathleen Koorhan
I wonder how one person can possibly represent the people of this district. Dems galore.
Emily Brooke
Thank you for unpacking Grand Rapids. The northern Senate district should not go so far west. Ottawa County should be kept whole. Please adjust the district boundary so that Kent is not combined with Ottawa. Thank you!
Dan Holowicki
Omission of Taylor, Allen Park and Melvindale from the Downriver communities is wrong. They need to be aligned with Downriver, not portions of Dearborn/Detroit.
Carol Mohr
This appears to do exactly what we voted for the Commission NOT to do - pack Washtenaw Co. Democratic voters into an 80% Dem district. We need districts with less partisan lean.
Sam Chu
Don’t see why four townships in Ottawa county would be included in district #24 with the city areas. They are low population country townships and outside the busy area of Kent County. They should stay in Ottawa county with other like townships. They do not share any have any or share any services like water, sewer, public transportation, or waste removal. The do not have issues with low-cost housing or city police/fire protection. There is no common Community of Interest.
Maia O'Meara
Grouping Ann Arbor and Ypsi in this way packs a large proportion of Democrats in a really populous area of the state into a single district. Making this more geometric would be a better balance and less based on urban/party lines.
Sue Macrellis
So many, many people addressed the idea of COI at the public hearing in Jackson. We sincerely asked that Jackson County not be swallowed up by Ann Arbor. These two areas could not be more disparate. It would be extremely challenging for one person to adequately represent such diverse interests - and those of Jackson County would most likely be ignored.
Joseph Sova
There is no reason to split a county, especially Midland County. We are connected via watershed to our neighbors to our west and north. The City of Midland is connected to the entire county, supplying municipal water, solid waste solutions, floodplain management. Keep Midland County Whole.
Franklin P Crownover
Cascade Township, which encompasses the Grand Rapids airport, should be in District 24 with the bulk of Metro Grand Rapids.
Franklin P Crownover
The southern boundary of District 24 should be Wealthy Street rather than Fulton. This keeps the boundary consistent with the existing local ward boundary.
Dorothy Munson
District 23 composed of the South side of Grand Rapids metro area is packed with Democratic votes. This can be improved by moving the north limit of 23 south to match the City Ward 2 line at Wealthy Street and expanding south into Gaines Township. The northern part of Gaines Township looks like a suburb of the six-city area and shares a school District with Kentwood. People north of Wealthy Street align more closely with the middle-class district 24. Also, the north district 24 should have Cascade Township included as it is also a suburb of the six-city area.
Lisa Lamancusa
I live in Cascade Township. It should to be part of a Senate district with the Greater Grand Rapids city area. Going from my home to any area around the city you can not tell the difference in landscape, residences, shopping and businesses. We are essentially a suburb of Grand Rapids. The city airport is in our area. Ideally, we would be in district 24 with Ada Township as they are a very similar community and we share a school system. The current map has us grouped with rural farming communities all the way down to Barry and Allegan counties. These are country type environments that bear no resemblance to our community.
Douglas Floto
Commerce is more properly associated with suburban areas to the south and east. The way this map is drawn is highly favorable to more rural, Republican-leaning areas.
Cary Fleischer
There are a large number of Democrats in the Grand Rapids Kent County area (over 250,000 voters) and they deserve to have fair representation in the State Senate in two districts. The way the north district number 24 is currently configured, it will be very difficult to elect a Democratic Senator. The district 23 on the south side is overloaded with Democrats. Suggest keeping the north 24 district all in Kent County and contiguous with the 6-city area plus close townships. This provides for a reasonable chance of electing a Democrat. There are a number of choices for expansion in Kent County. Include Algoma township to the north, move Cascade township into the district and/or move the border between 24 and the south 23 district southward. Thanks for your diligent efforts to create fair maps for all.
Christine A Lyon
I am very confused as to why anyone on the commission would split up Berrien County. It makes absolutely no sense to me. This seems to be clearly a political move and I would like to know if there is any representation for SW Michigan within the commission? Berrien County is a vital county for commerce, tourism, interstate and part of the first line of defense for public safety protection from contraband and criminal activity coming in from Indiana via Interstate I-94. The county functions as a whole and dividing into a northern and southern half will only cause further disconnect between residents.
Charles Henry
Commissioners--you still have work to do. The partisan lean needs to be closer to zero....isn't that the point of this whole exercise? This is not Texas, thankfully.
Grace Smith
Keep northern Kent County together and separate from Ottawa County. Northern Kent County is really a bedroom community of Grand Rapids. Even our rural areas are more associated with people working in GR than with other rural areas of Ottawa County.
Rich Thrush
This district map can easily be simplified to measurably improve the Communities of Interest aspect so a Senator can represent a homogeneous group of people with similar legislative issues. Add Cascade Township to district #24 and remove the four townships in Ottawa County (Tallmadge, Wright, Polkton, Allendale). Cascade Township is a suburb of Grand Rapids and does not belong where it is in district 96 with all the rural farming communities in that district. The four townships in Ottawa County are also rural low population farming communities. Keep them with Ottawa county. Probably have to add Algoma Township to Rockford City to get the #24 district population right. Rockford City is in Algoma Township and they have a combined school district. Might have to move the dividing line between district #24 and #23 in Grand Rapids east of the river down to the city Ward 2 boundary along Wealthy Street. Suggestions are shown on this example map https://davesredistricting.org/join/43230428-2697-4c99-9a2c-e09ee77863d1
Patricia Dawson
Cascade township should be in the north #24 district. It is very similar in character to Ada Township to the north. Certainly, it should be attached to the Grand Rapids city areas rather than where it is now combined with rural farming townships going all the way down south to Allegan and Barry Counties
Patricia Dawson
I live on the west side of Grand Rapids in Walker. I was surprised to see the four Ottawa Townships included in the north side #24 Senate district. They have no relationship to the west side city area. They are very sparsely populated farming communities compared to where we live in the city. Recommend removing them from this district and replacing with areas closer to the city in Kent County that are more like us.
Eric Ash
It makes no sense to carve up the Grosse Pointe communities in such a convoluted way. Also, these maps still tilt Republican, in a state that tends to lean Democratic in its voting. The party that gets more votes should have more seats. Please work to correct the partisan bias.
Soh Suzuki
This is the worst map for State Senate district, as it cuts my neighborhood into two, and there is no regards to the neighborhood communities in the entire district. Please respec municipal and county boundaries.
Bonnie VanKeersbilck
You've been told that your maps are good enough but they aren't fair. Your partisan fairness expert, Dr. Handley said that election results show that Michigan is lean-Democratic state. Why do all of your maps lean Republican?
Diane McMillan
The border between Senate Districts 24 and 23 should be moved to Wealthy Street, which is the border between Wards 2 and 3 in Grand Rapids and keeps Ward 2 residents in the same Senate district. This change helps to unpack the Democratic voter concentration in the south #23 district. If precincts need to be added to meet the population requirement, the commission could include the northern parts of Gaines Township in the Kentwood School District along M-6. If precincts need to be added, include the northern parts of Gaines Township in the Kentwood School District along M-6. Grand Rapids deserves two State Senate seats. Ottawa County should expand to the north to balance out the population requirement. I suggest removing four townships that now are in the western part of Ottawa county to make Kent County and Ottawa County whole. The two counties have different interests, and as the map is configured now, a senator would have difficulty representing all of his constituents who may have conflicting interests.
Diane McMillan
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is in Cascade Township, but is technically a part of Grand Rapids City. I suggest that Cascade Township is added to District 24, the metro Grand Rapids area, because it has much more in common with the northern suburbs of Grand Rapids. It is not a COI with parts of very rural Barry and Allegan counties.
Julie Wuerfel
Berrien county should not be split. Our community of interest is with Cass & St. Joseph counties. We share media, we share services, we share tourism (from surrounding states). These maps make it look like there is no one from west Michigan on the Commission as they do not reflect our communities of interest. Partisan fairness has no place in this process. We have this commission to avoid Gerrymandering. Please keep our county whole and we our "similar" neighbors in Cass and St. Joseph Counties.
Scott Weston Rose
All of the 38 district proposals fail to minimize county breaks as much as possible. There is no reason for a county to be split into 3 districts. This is a clear gerrymander. Also, you are diluting the African American representation. Please see my proposal: https://districtr.org/plan/48514
Fred
I strongly OPPOSE this map. My home town is Grosse Pointe Park. In this map, it has been split from the other Grosse Pointes and from the rest of the Lake St. Clair lakeshore. Grosse Pointe Park is a lakefront suburb and should be with the other lakefront communities in District 7 and not with industrial areas like District 6.
Sue Hadden
Washtenaw County voters should not be packed together in a 80% Dem district. The east and west side of the county has very different needs, in fact the needs of urban and rural east and west sides have more in common. Please do not pack washtenaw county into one district.
Nancy Mroczkowski
If precincts need to be added, include the northern parts of Gaines Township in the Kentwood School District along M-6. The linked map achieves these goals https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::43230428-2697-4c99-9a2c-e09ee77863d1
Nancy Mroczkowski
Cascade township should be included in the northern Kent County District (District 24), because: -Ford Airport: The airport is in Cascade (but technically part of GR City) and should be represented by a metro Representative -Cascade fits with the northern district because it is in Forest Hills School District (along with Ada and Grand Rapids Townships). It will provide a more cohesive Community of Interest than what is currently shown – more affluent middle-class neighborhoods. -Cascade is not a Metro 6 City, but it is a rapidly suburbanizing area becoming increasingly a bedroom community with residential neighborhoods and fewer farms. It is an integral part of Grand Rapids metro area in terms of neighborhoods, business and shopping. -Cascade township is now shown in District 3 with all of Barry County and part of Allegan County. Doesn’t fit at all. These are very rural farming communities which would have very different and sometimes conflicting issues and needs from Cascade township. The linked map achieves these goals https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::43230428-2697-4c99-9a2c-e09ee77863d1
Nancy Mroczkowski
The border between Senate Districts 24 and 23 should be moved to Wealthy Street, which is the border between Wards 2 and 3 in Grand Rapids and keeps Ward 2 residents in the same Senate district. There are only three wards in GR and they have had those boundaries for over 40 years. Ward 2 & Ward 3 are core internal GR identities/Communities of Interest. The current Ward system has existed in Grand Rapids since the 1980s and has long standing meaning and value to Grand Rapidians. This change helps to unpack the Democratic voter concentration in the south #23 district. The district line should follow precinct boundaries along Wealthy Street not Fulton Avenue. This adds the benefit of keeping GVSU downtown campus intact. People north of Wealthy Street align more closely with north district - more affluent middle-class neighborhoods. The linked map achieves these goals https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::43230428-2697-4c99-9a2c-e09ee77863d1
Nancy Mroczkowski
We do not want to have a State Senate District that includes parts of Ottawa County when there is room to go north from the Six Cities (GR, EGR, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville or Walker). Kent County is the 4th largest county in Michigan and deserves to have at least two State Senators guaranteed to be from Kent County. These 2 Senate districts have over ½ million people with a high percentage Democratic content. This area deserves to have 2 Democratic competitive Senate seats. There is not a community of interest between Kent and Ottawa Counties. The linked map achieves these goals https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::43230428-2697-4c99-9a2c-e09ee77863d1
Nancy Mroczkowski
Senate districts should be based in the Metro Six Cities (GR, EGR, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville or Walker). These six cities share water, sewer, transit and waste management. It seems often in the past we’ve been represented in the Senate by people from Lowell, Gaines or Cannon Township, not the Six Cities. Surrounding suburban townships should be added only when necessary. Certainly, Townships in Ottawa county have no community of interest with North Grand Rapids, so keep Ottawa County separate from Kent County when possible. The linked map achieves these goals https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::43230428-2697-4c99-9a2c-e09ee77863d1
Donna E Farris
The county of Ottawa should be kept together and not be with Kent.
Connie Burke
The intent is to make voting districts equitable and local. SD 27 will be heavily weighted to one party. It would be more fair if the map were down more square then rectangular to include more rural, but local voters. It is obvious this map is down to keep as many people in one party together. Please do better
MIldred A Overeem
The rural townships in Ottawa county have little in common with Kent county, Keep Kent together.
mark swan
These 4 Ottawa County townships are rural and do not belong in a community of interest with Metro Grand Rapids. These townships will be better served with the representation of the rest of Ottawa, rather than Kent County urban area.
Joan Fifelski
Airport is in Cascade Township and should be kept with Grand Rapids District 24
Joan Fifelski
Grand Rapids has had wards for over 40 years the line for the district split should follow the ward line on wealthy not Fulton st
Joan Fifelski
Please keep Ottawa County whole not part of Metro Grand Rapids
Miriam Boelen
Cascade needs to be included in State Senate #24 as it is aligned with the airport and the 6 cities. Cascade township tax dollars go to these jurisdictions.
joan long
please fix the boundary between the Senate Districts #23 and #24 - the boundary should be Wealthy St. , NOT Fulton
Cheryl Catton
This map packs all like-minded voters in one district -- need more representation.
Terri Voepel-lewis
This map of 27, 29, 31 is clearly biased. The map is packing voters who have different community interests (e.g., ypsi & Ann Arbor), and splitting others - like my neighborhood. Re-do the maps to make voting fairer - that was your job!!
Victoria Gutowski
I request the MICRC unpack this heavily Dem district. All voters should have an equal say in their representation.
Terri Voepel-Lewis
This map packs democratic voters into the Ann Arbor/Ypsi area and republican voters in mine and other areas. Re-do the maps to equalize voting power in Michigan!!!!
David Neubauer
I feel this map does not allow for Barry County to have a voice. the people of Kentwood, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek would out weigh our voice. They are not of like community of interest. we would be better lumped in with western Ingham County and parts of southern Ionia County.
Jamie Ombry
Cascade Twp and the airport are more part of the metro GR area - more so than Battle Creek and rural areas to the south.
Jamie Ombry
Wealthy St. follows the Ward line. The boundary should be Wealthy St., not Fulton.
Jamie Ombry
Rural Ottawa County and metro GR are quite different and shouldn't be in the same district. Better to keep Ottawa County whole.
Naomi Ludman
This district that stretches from the west coast to the "far" east completely ignores the criterion of "communities of interest. Cut this proposed district down the center vertically and you might come somewhat close to something resembling a community of interest. It doesn't work for either side of the state. We just have different issues and we on the west don't work with those on the east in terms of municipal and government arrangements, nor social ones. We in the southwest corner go north to Kalamazoo and sometimes Holland or even Grand Rapids. We don't go east.
Naomi Ludman
Kalamazoo and Battle Creek are communities of interest and should be grouped together in one district.
Linda Kristensen
District 23 should include; East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Cascade - all suburbs to Grand Rapids and in Kent County
Marisa Osterberg
I appreciate the committee keeping the tri cities together and agree with this proposed map. Please continue to work towards partisan fairness and to insure every Michigan citizen's vote counts.
Jared Boot
While this map is better than the other two state senate maps, your maps unfairly benefit Republicans. Your job isn’t done until you fix that.
Norman Scott Stensaas
Regarding the new State Senate District 24, I reside in the North East area of the City of Grand Rapids. I would prefer that District 24 consist of Cities and Townships situated within Kent County only, and not include any Ottawa County Townships. Most of my social connections, friends and my church community are centered in the east side of Kent County. I have many friends in Grand Rapids Township, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood as well as the City of Grand Rapids. My commercial activities, medical visits, shopping and entertainment is usually done in Grand Rapids (Eastown shops on Wealthy Street – Fulton Street Market), nearby East Grand Rapids (Gaslight Village – D&W Market), Cascade Township (Meijer on 28th Street). I would like to vote for a State Senator whose concerns are focused entirely on my Kent County community. As I understand the population threshold for State Senate Districts, Kent County has sufficient population to constitute two full State Senate Districts. There is no good reason to dilute the representation of Kent County in the Michigan Senate by including four rural Ottawa County Townships to State Senate District 24. Please reconfigure District 24 to make it an exclusively Kent County voters district. In doing so my suggestion is to add Cascade Township and the City of East Grand Rapids to the new State Senate District 24.
Fred John Overeem
Suburban light industrial North Kent county has little in common with very rural Ottawa County.
KAREN T SANTELLI
I live in Cascade Twp and it have much more in common with East Grand Rapids than the rural areas of Caledonia and Alaska. Cascade Twp should be included in district 24.
KAREN T SANTELLI
Ottawa County is rural and really has nothing in common with Metro Grand Rapids. Keep Ottawa in Ottawa County and not in Kent County.
Thomas Cornfield, PhD
don't concentrate like minded voters in one district
Stephanie Rowden
This map puts together Ann Arbor and Ypsi for a packed district rather than respecting differences and providing balanced representation.
Rosemary Bayer
In addition to eliminating the cohesion and identity we have now in Oakland County, all three of the senate maps takes a small chunk of Beverly Hills residents and moves them out of the Village and into some other town. You are breaking our own neighborhood community and connection to our village!
Pamela Bloink
Thank you for creating this new map of districts. I'm wondering why this new district goes so far west into Ottawa County. The current senate district 28 just covers Kent County but it stretches way too far south. This proposed district stretches too far west. I agree Kent County should be divided better than it currently is but I don't think this is the answer.
Patricia Robertson
This district packs Democrats together. There should be a better way.
Pei-Lan Tsou
Cascade Township contains the Gerald R Ford airport which is THE airport for the Grand Rapids metro area. I use this airport even though I live in the north end of the county. Please put this in with the Northern State Senate district #24. Cascade Township is suburban Grand Rapids, shares a school district with GR and should be part of the Grand Rapids Metro region.
Pei-Lan Tsou
The boundary between the Senate Districts #23 & #24 should be Wealthy St not Fulton. Wealthy St follows the Ward line inside of Grand Rapids and the Wards are core Communities of Interest to the City. Wealthy St is a ward line and the wards were established 40 years ago. Thank you for unpacking Grand Rapids.
Pei-Lan Tsou
I live in Kent County but works in Allendale township. Allendale is a university town with 25K student population in the middle of the corn field. It's not the same demographic as Grand Rapids. Keep Ottawa county together.
Lisa
Independence Township and the remainder of the Clarkston area should be kept as whole as possible and added to this district.
jessica wolin
Ottawa County has a very different demographic from Kent County and should not be included in this district.
jessica wolin
Wealthy St. should be the southern boundary, not Fulton St. That would be consistent with the existing ward boundary.
Jessica Wolin
Gerald Ford Airport is definitely part of Grand Rapids and should be included in district 24. Separating it from Grand Rapids makes this map look gerrymandered, something I believe we are trying to avoid.
Frank Lynn
Thanks for your hard work. Please don't split out City wards. Fulton St. should not be the boundary for this district. It should be Wealthy St. Wealthy is the boundary between the 2nd & 3rd Wards. Thanks.
Jenna Williams
Cascade Township is part of Grand Rapids, it should be in district 24.
Jenna Williams
These Ottawa County areas are very rural and should not be included in the Metro Grand Rapids district.
Donna E Farris
Cascade Township is an integral part of Grand Rapids and should be in District 24
Cindy Krieg
My Grand Rapids city ward 2 currently runs to Fulton St. It would make sense for District 24 to run to Fulton instead of Wealthy St.
Joel Ombry
The southern boundary of proposed district 24 should be Wealthy. This lines up with the ward boundary. Thank you.
Donna E Farris
Keep Ottawa County together
Pei-Lan Tsou
Though I live in the north side of Kent county, we use the Grand Rapids airport. It belong in district 24.
Frank Lynn
Grand Rapids is the urban center with great diversity. The Ottaw rural area are not. Those areas should be kept with Ottawa county. and more urban areas of Grand Rapids should be added.
Jeffrey Thomas
Cascade should be in 24 with Forest Hills and Ada, many more shared interests than with the areas to the south and west.
Franklin P. Crownover
Rural Ottawa County should not be included with a Metro area such as Grand Rapids.
Joel Ombry
Appreciate the unpacking of Grand Rapids. However, the inclusion of Ottawa County rural areas in this map doesn't fit with Grand Rapids metro COI. Thank you.
Emily Boyer
Cascade TWP is a part of the Grand Rapids Metro and should be included in Senate district 24.
Donna E Farris
The Grand Rapids airport is an important part of our city and should be in Dist. 24.
Fred Overeem
Rural Ottawa townships should not be in a district with suburban N Kent County.
KAREN T SANTELLI
I live in Cascade Township near the Airport. Cascade Twp is more aligned to district 24 (Grand Rapids) than anything south. The Airport services the Metro Grand Rapids area and should be in the same district as Grand Rapids (District 24).
Chris Crandall
Ottawa County should not be a part of the urban GR area.
Jeffrey Thomas
The district boundry should be at Wealthy St. to be consistent with Grand Rapids wards.
Deb Havens
It's great to break out the district in Grand Rapids, but there are better ways than intruding into Ottawa County because those townships are rural and don't fit the GR urban area.
Pei-Lan Tsou
I work in Allendale area and live in Kent county. I like that Grand Rapids area is in one district. Ottawa county is a very different community compare to Kent county. The GVSU campus is also located in Allendale. The demographic there is very different from Grand Rapids metro.
Jeffrey Thomas
This portion of Ottawa county does not share a community of interest with the city of Grand Rapids. It should be kept with the rest of the county.
KAREN T SANTELLI
Ottawa County is primarily rural and lower in population that does not reflect the metropolitan Grand Rapids area. Grand Rapids should be self contained in district 24 and not span into Ottawa. Anyone representing District 24 would have very conflicting constituent interests where someone would not be adequately represented (probably Ottawa residents since they would be in the minority).
James Green
It seems like the goal of all three maps for state senate is to break up the city of warren. This is another map where the city is split vertically and has reach back into Detroit. Nothing of this helps to keep communities together. Would be better to have the largest third largest city in the state have their own district or more of their own districts.
James Green
It seems like the goal of all three maps for state senate is to break up the city of warren. This is another map where the city is split vertically and has reach back into Detroit. Nothing of this helps to keep communities together. Would be better to have the largest third largest city in the state have their own district or more of their own districts.
James Green
It seems like the goal of all three maps for state senate is to break up the city of warren. This is another map where the city is split vertically and has reach back into Detroit. Nothing of this helps to keep communities together. Would be better to have the largest third largest city in the state have their own district or more of their own districts.
Susan Aalsburg
Wealthy St is a long established ward line and boundary please add the precincts north of Wealthy to District #24.
Susan Aalsburg
The areas in Ottawa County are rural and are not part of the community of interest of the urban Grand Rapids area.
cheryl scales
Keep northern Kent County together with district 24, move western edge to Ottawa county. Rockford should be with Plainfield as you have shown it, but keep Algoma and Courtland with Rockford and Plainfield township
Dari Brenda Stuhl
The commission should ensure that districts are balanced.
Lynne Raughley
This process is meant to correct for the gerrymandering that distorts Michigan's legislative priorities and processes. Creating a district that is 80% Democratic creates the effect of "packing," whether intended or not, and undermines the intent of the large majority that voted in favor of this initiative. Please reconsider.
Charlie Close
Don't split the city of Burton. It is a community of interest that should be kept together. And it should not be put together with the different communities of interest in Lapeer County. Burton should remain with Clio and Davison.
Sarah Kennedy
Please do not pack Washtenaw County voters together in one district. It should be split for non-partisan fairness.
Scott Urbanowski
Overall, the cherry plan is not as awful as the elm plan. That said, I still urge you to move the border of the Grand Rapids districts down to Wealthy Street and move Cascade into District 23.
Aaron Martinez
This district is one of the only proposed districts which currently spans across three counties. The Commission has not properly considered the communities of interest in Novi. The 8 Mile Corridor between Oakland and Wayne Counties provides an easy natural boundary line to draw. Milford and Commerce should be added to District 11, and Washtenaw County should be completely removed. These areas do not have shared resources, services, or community interests. Please keep working on this district.
Rocky Adams
I would move this boundary South more to Wealthy St. That's a Grand Rapids ward line that makes more sense. Thank you.
Barbara Karenko
Cascade Township is a GR suburb and should be in the Grand Rapids metro region, not Battle Creek. This is also our airport, so a COI with State Senate district #24 seems obvious. Thank you.
Barbara Karenko
This really shouldn't be part of Grand Rapids metro. Its rural Ottawa County and even Ottawan say to keep Ottawa together!
David P Brausch
Yet again there is no excuse for breaking up counties this way. Just another example of blatant gerrymandering.
William Asher
District 16 on this map keeps Rochester Hills and Troy together, and that's good because those communities are aligned and connected. Troy is also aligned with Clawson, but Rochester Hills/Troy are not so aligned with Oakland Township. Move Oakland Twp to another district, pull in Clawson, and a bit more of Sterling Heights to compensate for the population numbers.
Marian Mahoney
District 11 needs more work. Novi, South Lyon and Milford should be together in District 11. These cities are all connected via I96 - shopping, restaurants, entertainment, etc. It seems this map includes part of Washtenaw county for no other reason then to add population - Instead of Washtenaw county, more of Commerce should be included in District 11 as part of Oakland county. Please keep working on this.
Lewis Okun
Gerrymandering is what this process is supposed to prevent. The two main methods of gerrymandering are colloquially referred to as "packing" and "cracking". If this district as drawn is 80% Democratic in our 50-50 state, how by any stretch of the imagination is that not packing Democrats in order to under-represent Democrats in other districts? Explain if you can, but so far it sure looks like you need to do MUCH better than this.
Karen Lynne Bolsen
Please put Farmington and Farmington Hills together and don't split up Farmington Hills. We have a joint school board and library system, and many community activities. Farmington sits in the middle of Farmington Hills.
Sydney Schaaf
This proposal makes no sense for my neighborhood. This proposal separates me from the rest of my neighborhood, East English Village, and divides the neighboring communities of Morningside and Cornerstone Village. These 3 neighborhoods make up the Morningside, East English Village, & Cornerstone Village Community Advocates (“MECCA”) Development Corporation non-profit as well as the East Warren Development Corp. non-profit which focuses on the stretch between Mack and Alter encompassing all 3 neighborhoods. It is most important to me that our 3 neighborhoods remain intact within the new District boundaries. This proposal does not satisfy my needs and the needs of my community.
Linda Pell
You could definitely do better than this. AFL CIO Fair Maps has a version that meets all of the constitutional criteria AND has less county breaks. Why don't you look at their maps?
Francine C Quail
The commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Democratic district.
Jim Svensson
Packs Democrats into one district, which is gerrymandering!
Allen R Wolf
We like Rochester Hills and Troy together. But you should keep Troy whole, include all of Clawson, include all of Sterling Heights west of Van Dyke, and should NOT include Oakland Township at all. Keep the community of Troy together as it represents a unique Community of Interest
Allen R Wolf
District 11 (Novi, South Lyon, etc.) should include Milford and more of Commerce Township, but less of Farmington Hills and none of Washtenaw County. District 18 (West Bloomfield, Waterford, etc.) should include most of the part of Farmington Hills that you have with District 11, and it should drop Milford and most of Commerce Township into District 11. District 16 (Rochester Hills, Troy, western Sterling Heights) should keep Troy whole, include all of Clawson, include all of Sterling Heights west of Van Dyke, and should NOT include Oakland Township at all. Keeping Rochester Hills and Troy together is good.
Dana Bowers
The commission should not pack this district in this manner - please choose equity in representation
Deborah Keller-Cohen
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 8-% Democratic district,,
Rachel Ross
This map gerrymanders heavily democratic Dexter into a district with more republican rural districts, resulting in a representative who doesn't represent our needs or political desires in Washington. We want VOTERS and not politicians to determine our political maps.
Julie A Argonis
This map is getting better, but if "communities of interest" are of chief importance, then there is still work to be done here. Novi has far more in common than the rural communities of Superior Twp and Washtenaw County. I also think it's unnecessary and overly complex to spread this district out across three very disparate counties - wayne, oakland and washtenaw. that seems excessive, please consider a more easterly extension of the map to include more "second ring" suburbs closely connected by school districts, infrastructre development zones and city and county boundry lines.
Jessica Fealy
This map gerrymanders heavily democratic Dexter into a district with more republican rural districts, resulting in a representative who doesn't represent our needs or political desires in Washington. We want VOTERS and not politicians to determine our political maps.
Margaret Mason
Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Commissioner Monique Baker McCormick
It appears that this map lines are discriminatory cutting up the black community in Detroit and Wayne County moving far across County lines. Brightmoor interests are totally different from someone living in Farmington. This is the same or worse than the republican drawn map from 10 years ago.
Commissioner Monique Baker McCormick
It appears that this map lines are discriminatory cutting up the black community in Detroit and Wayne County moving far across County lines. Detroiters interests are totally different from someone living on the other side of Oakland County. This is the same or worse than the republican drawn map from 10 years ago.
Sonja Marie Patrick
In the current Senate map, Calhoun County is whole. I don't see why there is any need to separate our county into multiple districts.
Nancy Duemling
Running the districts north-south instead of east-west in the metro Detroit area weakens the urban counties voices-Wayne, Oakland and Macomb lose the cohesion of districts that represent areas of similar age and income levels. This configuration actually makes primary elections less likely to go to minority candidates than trying to keep districts more inside of one county.
Matt Hampel
This drawing unfairly clusters Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti voters-- looks like straight-up gerrymandering.
Tim Berla
This map concentrates Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti into a very Democratic district. Splitting the two into two or more districts would create more competitive districts with more responsive representation.
Lauren Steele
This is not a competitive district - too many dems. Consider extending the upper boundary farther north and separating Ypsi as others have suggested.
Natasha Dacic
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw County voters together in a 80% Democratic district.
Jon Chen
Appears to be attempting to concentrate certain types of voters into one district to limit their representation.
Mary White
This puts essentially all the Democrats into one district. A fair map would be more balanced.
Dan Berland
Packing all of the blue urban votes into districts instead of extending those districts out into adjacent rural areas does not result in evening out the Senate so that it better represents the 50/50 divide in the state. You need to do better in ALL of the adjacent rural/urban areas until that result is achieved. That is what the People voted for and why the MICRC exists!
elizabeth r benyi
Packing is a form of gerrymandering...just stop it
William Wiitala
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have very different concerns about education, housing, health care and should not be packed into the same district.
Jan Baumgras
Of the three State Senate maps, I think this is the best, but I hope you can adjust Berrien County. In the State House maps you have the coastal areas separated, which I believe they should be, yet on this map the southern coastal areas of St Joseph and New Buffalo are separated. to me it makes more sense to keep the coastal part of Berrien County with the coastal part of Van Buren and the inland parts of both counties together. The same is true of all the Senate maps.
Ashley Prew
The Cities of Flint and Burton are communities of interest that should not be split. All of Flint should be in one district. All of Burton should be in one district. Davison, Burton, and Clio are not a community of interest with Lapeer. This District should be redrawn to not extend into Lapeer County.
Lon Nordeen
Too many Dems packed into one district!
Karolina Ramos
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti may be neighboring cities, but they are distinct communities whose interests and needs may be better reflected in separate constituencies rather than merged together to form a disproportionately heavy Democrat district.
LaMar Thompson-Hightower
Why spilt up this Virginia Park Historic District and Piety Hill neighborhoods both goes from Woodward to the Lodge Freeway?
Kate Higgins
This packing in of similar voter affiliation in one district seems counter-productive to what the commission should be doing. Isn't this like gerrymandering?
Zach R
This Greater Lansing configuration breaks COIs and dilutes Republican voters. Biden only received 55% of the total vote among the 4 capital region counties, but these lines put everyone within those counties in senate districts he carried by wide margins. Please consider adjusting these two districts to better preserve the Lansing/East Lansing COI, reflect our region's political diversity, and creates at least one district that's on an even playing field for both parties.
MARION HOEY
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Dem district.
Linda Winkler
This zig zagging configuration unfairly packs Washtenaw County voters of one party together in one district. Please change it.
Michael Ploof
Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor both have very high proportions of Democratic voters. They should not be packed into a single, completely uncompetitive district.
Lindsay McCarthy
This doesn't look like a fair map at all. It packs Dems into Ann Arbor/Ypsi and Reps into the rural parts of the county. This doesn't lead to competitive elections.
Justin Woods
The commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Dem district.
Matt Toaz
Voters in Sault Ste. Marie, Cedarville, St. Ignace, etc. share more in common with those across the rest of the UP than voters down in the Boyne area and on the Leelanau peninsula. Removing them from the rest of the UP feels like a disservice to them.
Matt Toaz
This feels like an effort to reduce the impact of voters in Washtenaw county.
Jeffrey M Bieszki
Appears to pack one party affiliation into one District. Isn't this just the kind of thing the commission was created to corect?
Lisa Hutnik
Washtenaw County should not be packed together in a zig zag configuration for 80 percent of a democratic voting.
Alana DeWitt Johnson
The commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Democratic district.
Stephen Smith
We should not be packed into an 80% democratic district. This seems no different than past gerrymandering.
David M Downey
Please don’t divide townships such as using M-52 passing thru Lyndon Township.
Vanessa G Campbell
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Dion Frischer
This type of packing is unfair because it put Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti together in one state senate district with 80% of voters voting Democratic. These two larger cities in Washtenaw County should be put together with some of their outlying suburbs and rural areas.
Mary Maguire
Plymouth and Canton share a school district. The commission is supposed to consider communities with shared interests, but this map separates the two.
Mary Maguire
The Commission is supposed to take into account communities of common interest. The map separates Plymouth from Canton, which have share one school district. The two communities are close, along with Northville.
Sarah McCallum
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Democratic district.
meagen kucaj
It is quite obvious that non-conservative voters have been packed into one district in Washtenaw County. This looks like blatant partisan gerrymandering. It is not a fair map by a longshot.
Connie
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Madeline Wagner
It looks like the Commission is packing Washtenaw Democratic voters into this one district. This is not a balanced map.
Chris Savage
The amount of Democrats crammed into this one district looks intentional. This is not a fair map.
kelly orringer
packing a heavily Democratic area into one district is called gerrymandering, this is what this process is supposed to prevent
Jeffrey Orringer
Do not pack Democratic voters into one district. This decreases the chances for substantive governance that truly represents the will of the people. It is time to create a more balanced district map.
James Baldwin
Lumping 80% of non conservative voters in AA/ Ypsi looks like the exact type of gerrymandering this project was supposed to correct. Wrong.
Katherine C ASkew
This is an unfair map. Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Swati Dutta
Looks like a partisan gerrymander: cluster non-conservative votes to A2/Ypsilanti in order to allow the more conservative population in rural areas more input into matters that matter to all of us.
David Fry
The commission should not pack Washtenaw voters in an 80% Democratic district.
Phillip Reid
District 18, as drawn, should include Independence Twp, up to Oakhill Rd. Do not put this neighborhood into District 2, as drawn.
Constance Hayter
While looking for a new job, only one job has come up for Lenawee County when entering demographics for Monroe; why is Monroe in a district where most residents don’t work or have much in common? Almost every employment opportunity comes from Downriver, Ann Arbor, Canton, or Toledo.
John M, Helge
This map will split Manistee County into two state senate districts. These sparsely populated rural counties should not have to be split like this to achieve the population targets. This also significantly disrupts the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians community of interest reducing their impact on their elected state senator.
Judith Rose Smutek
Not much of an improvement over current situation. Still puts Washtenaw voters into largely Dem district.
Leslie Wilkins
Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Michael Adsit
Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Joel Rutherford
I cannot understand what the commission is trying to accomplish with these State Senate maps. It lessens the voice of Warren and Sterling Heights residents and does nothing to improve representation for anyone in this proposed district.
Joel Rutherford
I cannot understand what the commission is trying to accomplish with these State Senate maps. It lessens the voice of Warren and Sterling Heights residents and does nothing to improve representation for anyone in this proposed district.
Lisa Peers
I like that District 13 includes Birmingham, Royal Oak, Ferndale, most of Clawson and other towns and cities with a lot of common interests and needs, like businesses, schools, infrastructure and public health. I'm not sure why the district dips into Wayne County, which does not have the same needs and issues as those towns north of 8 Mile. I worry that this is an attempt to dilute the majority minority districting in Detroit. I also would prefer to keep the counties in separate districts if possible.
Sharon Moore
This represents a disturbing attempt to pack the district with too many Dems. Better equity between rural and urban is needed.
John Patrick
Too many Dem voters packed into A2 Ypsi. Bad.
Robert J Dunn
As you know, the purpose of the committee is to make a fair drawing of the state. When 80% of the community are Democratic and you lump them together this does seem fair. I realize this is a tough job and everyone will not like the like the end results. However, this is setting the state up to be no different than it was under a party gerrymandering drawing. You must and can do better for the sake of our Democracy.
Mark B. Orringer
Far too many Dems are pushed into this one district! The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Democratic district.
Ian Sorensen
This is a weird layout that as drafted seems to try to pack Ann Arbor and Ypsi together as urban areas, leaving rural areas as is. There should be equal representation, not to mention AA and Ypsi have different communities of interest.
Susan Beth Miller
Too many Dems are packed into one district.
Heather Burrows
it seems very inappropriate to put the two large population centers (AA and Ypsi) together instead of actually trying to have a balanced representation of urban and rural locations.
Eliot Scott
Did the RNC pay you to rig the map by putting all of Ypsi and AA together? Maybe you'd like to include Detroit and Kalamazoo also. Shameful
MARC GERSTEIN
As drafted, packs excessive Dems into Dist. 27; does not respect distinct community character of Ypsilanti. Please modify to correct these deficiencies.
William Jaynes
This is clearly packing Democrates together, plus ignoring the differences between Ypsi and AA. No go on this district.
Lee Katterman
I'd rather every district be drawn to provide as close to 50/50 Democrats/Republicans/Independents as possible. I expect that such districts will end up as pie charts centered on urban areas and pie slices extending away for a long distance in some cases.
Jean B. Cortina
Do not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Democratic district.
Lana Pollack
As drafted, packs excessive Dems into Dist. 27; does not respect distinct community character of Ypsilanti. Please modify to correct these deficiencies.
Richard Murphy
As an Ypsilanti resident of many years, and a former resident of Ann Arbor and Chelsea, I do not feel this map respects the distinct "Communities of Interest" within the area. Both Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor residents see a strong distinction between the two: Ann Arbor identifies more strongly with its small-city and township neighbors to the west and north, while Ypsilanti retains a blue-collar industrial heritage shared more closely with its neighbors to the east of US23. A shared Senate district erases Ypsilanti's distinct community of interest, violating the Commission's mandate. Reconsider maps that instead connect Ypsilanti with communities like Belleville, City of Wayne, South Lyon, or Monroe.
Bennet Wolper
At least 80% Democrats. This does not seem to be a balanced distribution. Same ole same ole.
Christine Purchis
Why is the area around Dexter chopped up with part in District 27, but most in District 29? This whole area should be included in one District. How can a school district not have the same representation?
Vincent R Elie
Your job is difficult, but this district (27) packs Democratic voters into one district, it was my understanding that the commission's goal was not to pack Republican or Democrats into monolithic voting blocks. Please reconsider this district's boundaries.
Jeffrey B Halter
Please do not pack Washtenaw voters like me together in a 80% Dem district.
Kimberly Randall
Better party distribution, please
Carol Shepherd
Same as it ever was - this map concentrates Democratic party voters. This is the kind of gerrymandering that led to the so-called "independent" redistricting committee. Clearly not "independent" enough.
Stuart Noel Dowty
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have very different COIs. Ypsi deserves its own district. This is gross "packing". This map is a step backwards and unfair.
Jessica Lefort
This is a completely unfair district. It isn't representative of the community when you're packing both A2 and Ypsilanti together in an 80% democrattic district.
Catherine Richter
the goal should be to create competitive districts, the Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Democratic district. Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have different constituencies, they would be better served by having their own representatives.
Alexandra Moore
You should not pack so many Washtenaw county voters together in an 80% Democratic district
Eleanor Linn
An 80% Democratic State Senate district is packing. Don't include Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in the same district. Make it a fair contest.
Mary Keils
This heavily skewed Dem district fails to represent many folks in Washtenaw County. I voted for fairer districts where both parties have a chance to win elections. >:(
April Ryan
This is not a fair representation of all voters in this area, and it packs far too many voters of one party together. It needs to be fairly balanced across voters to ensure safety of votes for all in future elections.
Letitia Simmons
I don't think an 80% dem district is the best we can do
Holger Elischberger
Gerrymandering is not democratic.
Martha Valen
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A. G. Ulsoy
Commission should not "pack" Washtenaw Country voters into a 80% Democratic district!
Judy Stone
The point of redistricting was to STOP packing and cracking. Putting most of Ann Arbor and most of Ypsi into one district is the opposite of that.
Janet Osborn
This is not how redistricting should go. Why are you packing voters in Washtenaw county together in a 80% Democrat district?? Not Good!
Joshua Martin
Partisan Gerrymander
J'Taime Lyons
This is an intentional act to dilute democratic voters in the state of Michigan. This area is extremely populous compared to the state and it makes 0 logical sense for it to be one district.
Tariq Fanek
Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor communities are very different and diverse with many cultures and backgrounds. They need to have separate representation
Ilene Sommers
Ypsi and Ann Arbor are very different voters; they need to have separate representation.
Julie Hassen
The new proposed map for Senate District 27 (SD27) packs the majority of Ann Arbor with a majority of Ypsilanti into one district, diluting the vote of Democrats in a really populous area of the state.
Kenneth Vance
Are you serious? You cannot possible claim this to be neutral. No. Be honest and stop the politics.
Loraine Cranor
The commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Democratic district.
Lesli Hoey
How is this different from past practice of gerrymandering, by concentrating all the Democratic voters in the county together? Moreover, Ypsilanti has much more poverty and gets overshadowed by Ann Arbor's wealth - they need different representation
William Price
Ypsi and Ann Arbor are very different; they shouldn't be lumped together.
Mary Patek
Fair maps should not pack voters from one party in a district. Instead, the map should create possibility for a qualified candidate from any party to win.
Karen Zera
This is not what the new districts are supposed to look like. It appears you have packed SD27 with 80% Democrat representation. There is very little chance that the other party could win a seat. Please reject this map.
Kerri Pepperman
Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor are very different communities that need their own representation. This map is contrary to the whole idea of redistricting that Michigan citizens want and voted for.
Laurie D Krauth
The purpose of your commission is to create districts where elections are competitive, resulting in a legislature that represents the people, not create districts that are 80% one party--making it impossible for the other party to win. Please reject this map.
Mikhail Zolikoff
I'd like to see a district that is more evenly balanced between the parties, to INCREASE the likelihood of shared middle-ground conversation and legislation. To that end, you could split Ann Arbor down the middle and include some of the red/R townships to the west, then give the other (right/east) half of Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti and other red/R townships to the east, north, and south.
Wendy Marder
This proposal would concentrate too many Washtenaw voters into one already highly democratic district-representative of a dangerous trend that needs to be fought locally and nationally.
Lisa Marshall Bashert
This is a packed district — it needs to be split. The whole point of redistricting was to further fairness and avoid gerrymandering.
Ellen Frank
No, no, no...this is a terrible map. It continues the practice of gerrymandering by packing all the Democratic voters in the county together. Please fulfill your mission and end gerrymandering.
Carrie A Rheingans
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti vary drastically in terms of demographics (race, socio-economic status), and should be split apart. Please reconfigure proposed district 27 to break apart Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
Larry Bright
This map packs this district with too high a concentration of Democratic voters, which, in turn, dilutes the effectiveness of the voters.
Gay MacGregor
This is a terrible map that has no partisan balance. The whole purpose of your commission is to create districts where elections are competitive resulting in a legislature that represents the people not create districts that are 80% one party--making it impossible for the other party to win. This is unacceptable.
Susan Westhoff
This is an awful proposal, gerrymandering us further into an uneven and unfairly represented state.
Clayton Lewis
This is awful! Clearly a partisan stacking of Dems in a single district.
Anne Adams
Much too packed.
Linda Ballard
Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Dem district.
Lisa
Too much packing not pack voters together in a heavy dem area.
Zona G Scheiner
You have created a perfect gerrymandered map where a district is created that is not at all competitive in an area where competition is expected and reasonable. As you do your maps, a partisan balance is appropriate. Unacceptable to have a district of 80% democrats when not intrinsically necessary. The goal is to have our legislative bodies reflect our population .
Maria Gilson
The commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Dem district.
Jessica Stock
This is not a competitive district and doesn't make a reasonable effort to respect county boundaries.
Jessie
stop this gerrymandering.
Janet Goldwasser
This map for SD27 does not solve the problem of gerrymandering: it does not create a competitive district in an area where it could reasonably do so. Instead, you have created a heavily Democratic district. The Commission must consider partisan balance when you create districts!
William Burnham
I dislike this map because it packs Democrats into the district.
Barbara Smuts
This is the worst of gerrymandering - packing mostly democratic voters into one district. Unacceptable
William Burnham
This map packs democrats into the district.
Rae Ann Weymouth
As I said on September 28th, in person, at Cadillac Place in Detroit: You are being paid to use your creativity to create balanced and fair districts. This does not fit that description--for many of the reasons others have listed.
Stephanie Gray
The commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together into an 80% Democratic district.
Marcia Major
I dislike this map because it packs Democrats into the district
Susan Sefansky
the Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Cynthia Lempert
Don’t pack Democrats into an 80% district!
Carol Westfall
Doesn't this map just pack mostly Dems into one district? Same problem that previously existed. Need fairer representation.
Sue Jacob
Please don’t pack Washtenaw voters together into this 80% Dem district!
CHARLES W BILLUPS
This map is far worse than our current gerrymandered map from 10 years ago! In fact it packs even more reliably Democratic voters into 27 adding Scio and the Eastern part of Dexter into it now. This is NOT what was supposed to happen. It looks like you've created new GERRYMANDERED ISLAND in the map for 27. This is awful.
Nancy Reed Twiss
This map perpetuates the gerrymandering we are trying to get rid of for accurate representation. Please do not pack Democratic voters of Washtenaw County into a single district.
Andy LaBarre
This packs Dems the same way as it always has. We passed the amendment to avoid this sort of gerrymandered district.
Nancy Whitelaw
This districting proposal repeats the unjust arrangement of current districting. It packs a single party into one district and denies members of that party fair representation statewide.
Thomas L Knox
This map seems to unsure that 27 will be a Dem district while 29 (where I would vote) will be a Rep district, which is the same trouble we have today! Districts should be competitive and not leave minority voices with little to no hope of representation. There are many options to create fairer districts in Washtenaw Country and its neighboring counties.
Lesley
Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Victoria Haehl
Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Kevin OBrien
This is a pack job to reduce Democratic voters impact.
Margo Czinski
The commission should not pack Washtenaw voters in an 80% Democratic district.
Sarah Marie Roldan-Dodson
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
J Vincent
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Brad Gibson
This map just re-creates the current problems we have by lumping Democratic areas together
BetsAnn Smith
You have re-gerrymandered some of these districts, including the district organized around Washtenaw county. The population spread and geography of this part of Michigan allows for balanced districts that would give different perspectives to have a chance of having their votes matter. You have handed the area to democrats, with no chances for other perspectives
Semra Koknar
Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district
Rory Forrest Baker
The commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% democratic district
Pamela Ann Raymond Ernst
This district 27 perpetuates gerrymandering, packing Democratic voters of Washtenaw County into a single district.
Marcie Paul
Although the commission is required to apply partisan fairness standards, this maps favors Republicans. It divides cities, townships and schools districts, while combining communities that have no common interests and seriously marginalizes Detroit residents.
Robert D Ahronheim
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Ryan Waddington
This is poor map. The more convoluted the district lines, the more gerrymandered it remains. Do NOT carve Dexter out of District 27 if you are going to include other Ann Arbor border communities like Saline.
John Hunter
This map is terrible; please make fair maps. Please do not pack democrats together to minimize their voices. Let’s make the democratic process fair.
Angela Martin-Schwarze
I don't believe that so many Washtenaw voters should be packed togetether in this district. Please redistribute more fairly.
Tia Caldwell
Please make fair districts so the democratic process functions. Don't try to gerrymander democrats together to dilute their voices.
Hillary M. Ward
the Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Rama K Paruchuri
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Hillary M. Ward
the Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Julia Baldwin
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Democrat district. Please be fair. I’m a young voter, and I care that everyone is equally represented by our new districting.
John Niles Woodford
This is an poorly drawn district that will result in inequities.
Lawrence Harbison
No gerrymandering in Michigan, please!
Karen Holman
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are very different and this district is heavily partisan in that it favors Republicans by diluting the voice of Democratic voters. I'm concerned that overall the new maps give Republicans an edge when in fact the last presidential and gubernatorial elections were won by Democrats. I'm afraid again the power of my vote is being weakened.
Zoe Cutler
The commission should not pack all of washtenaw county's democratic votes into one district.
Crystal Olalde-Garcia
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Kathleen M Singer
Packing the Democrats into one district. - This is not why we worked so hard to get petitions signed.
Lynne Kochmanski
This looks like packing to me. Districts need to be fair and as non-partisan as possible.
Will Feliciano
You are essentially gerrymandering Democrat votes into this one single district to dilute the voting power. Isn't this committee supposed to avoid major mistakes like this? Not sure what needs to be done but on surface level it would make sense to split Ypsilanti from Ann Arbor...
Pamela J Hayes
This looks an awful lot like packing many Democrats into a single district, which is gerrymandering, the very practice we are trying to eliminate.
Beth Gibbons
This map squeezes - or packs - together washtenaw county dems into a single district which will allow less representations for the people in this district. Please split Ypsi and Ann Arbor.
Emily Van Ark
The commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together into an 80% Democratic district. I live on the north side of Ypsi, and the community I relate to is Ypsi to the south and Superior Township to the North, NOT Ann Arbor. This is a terrible district from the point of view of making competitive districts, and also a terrible district from the point of view of respecting community boundaries.
Glenn Eric Sproull
As drawn, this is obviously a gerrymandered district with overwhelming concentration of likely Democratic voters.
Noah Allington
I don't want my vote to be packed in with all the other Democratic voters in Washtenaw County.
Beth Gibbons
Putting all of Ann Arbor and Ypsi into a single district is packing the district. As an Ypsi resident this seriously concerns me because I feel that my vote will be diminished by being packed in a district which is separated from other other surrounding areas.
Janet E Wright
This map unfairly puts too many Democrats into a single district. Seems not to fit the effort to reduce gerrymandering.
Moira Tannenbaum
I object to the proposed SD 27, combining Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. It would concentrate so many Democrat voters in one SD. That is hardly anti-gerrymander.
John Basler
Ypsi and Ann arbor are the most left leaning cities in the county. Packing them like together like this is very much like gerrymandering, but with more logical boundaries. Please separate Ann arbor from Ypsilanti in your map.
Jan Ulrich
This is too partisan (80% Dem). Please redraw to reflect greater party diversity.
William Christen
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Andrew Hendra
I was brought here by an email from the Washtenaw County Democratic Party instructing people to come and comment and telling them exactly what buzz words to use. Email attached.
Beth Dwoskin
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Julie Roth
Why are you packing here? So many of our votes will be totally wasted! This is what we are trying to avoid --packing "Dem Garbage" into one district.
Janice M Sovak
As currently drawn, this district packs too many Democratic voters together, thereby diluting their representation. Ann Arbor should be split to spread the Dem votes across more than one district.
dirk mayhew
This district gerrymanders across multiple counties.
MIke Mitchell
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Dem district. I thought the purpose of drawing a fair district was NOT to pack it politically with one side? This discourages interest voter turn out.
Harvey A Somers
Why would residents want Washtenaw voters "packed" into an 80% Democratic district?
Hallie Levine
do not pack Washtenaw county voters in an 80% democratic district
Pam Corbett
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Colleen Bean
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Sarah Elizabeth DeFlon
This mapped district defeats the purpose of an "un-gerrymandered" map. Please redraw district in a less partisan and a more distributive manner in terms of Dems/Repub voters. Thank you!
Julie Ellis
The Commission should not cram Washtenaw county voters together in a district that is 80% Democratic.
Megan Hagenauer
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti should be split up. Currently they are packed together, producing a single district with a really high density of liberal/democratic voters. This packing dilutes overall representation in a manner similar to a gerrymandered district.
Robert Krzewinski
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Democratic district.
Ryan Lindveit
This map unfairly packs Democrats into concentrated districts in order to give them less power overall
Lori Hall
I don't feel it makes sense to pack a huge population of mainly Democratic-leaning people into just one district. Thanks for considering alternatives!
Vivian Kalumbi
Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Edward Diehl
Washtenaw County should not be concentrated in one highly Democratic district
Sean Johnson
Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in a 80% Dem district.
Katherine Mendeloff
In general, I think the map is unbalanced. The Democratic districts are crammed together and that distorts voting results. We lost a great representative 10 years ago, Lynn Rivers, and should be compensated.
Catherine Marshall
This map does not come close to achieving Partisan Fairness. This district should be unpacked to more evenly distribute Democratic and Republican votes.
Deborah Boot
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Dem district
John Allison
This is a packed Democratic District. It should be split for improved efficiency and non-partisan fairness.
Aaron Haury
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Dem district
Jared Boot
The Commission should not pack Washtenaw voters together in an 80% Dem district
Janet
This is a textbook packed map! Please find a division that respects partisan fairness and the opportunity for all votes to have weight.
Sharon R Baseman
By combining Oakland County with Detroit and other parts of Wayne, and in some places Macomb, as well as combining Macomb in some places with Detroit makes no sense in a State Senate district. First of all, this map could very possibly mean no representation for Detroit, which would be horrible. District 13 would be better if it did not include Detroit, but did include Hazel Park and Madison Heights, which belong with Oakland, not Macomb. The Detroit districts look very gerrymandered. Detroit deserves to be represented by Detroiters. Alternatively, this district could extend west into Southfield in some way, as well as including Madison Heights and Hazel Park. If that was done, then the northern part of the district could go to District 14. The main point is that it should not include Detroit and should be all Oakland County. This also splits the Jewish community in the Southfield/Oak Park/Huntington Woods area, which is a community of interest.
Phil Forner
Please keep Allendale Township in the Ottawa County District and not grouped together with significantly larger Walker/Rockford area in Kent County. These areas are different and will cause the smaller Allendale Township to be under represented.
Zach Geyer
Split Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti!! This district is an 80% democratic pack. It needs to be split for partisan fairness. Dexter, Manchester, and Western Washtenaw are all more closely linked to Ann Arbor than Ypsilanti, and so should be put with Ann Arbor instead.
Robert
Please add Grosse Pointe Park, Clay Township, and Ira Township back into the Lake St. Clair District (7). We are community of interest A-9 from the MGGG report. Our COI is supported by dozens of public comments from around the entire lakeshore. My home town of Grosse Pointe Park should be included. There are other ways to achieve your partisan goals without breaking up a clear lakeshore COI district.