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Bob Craik
I don't think the old district 82 should now have so much Macomb county included.
Sarah Torres
Please do not link parts of Saginaw Township North separately from the rest of Saginaw. We are very much a part of the tri-cities as a whole. Please follow Senate maps in linking our communities together.
Joel Arnold
I do like that this map does not group the entirety of the City of Flint into a single district, however it does not guarantee minority representation as the City currently has with the 34th District. Please continue to work on this, and reference submitted map P7273 as a good model of a map that allows for representation of minority communities without drawing all of Flint into a single district.
Joel Arnold
I do like that this map does not group the entirety of the City of Flint into a single district, however it does not guarantee minority representation as the City currently has with the 34th District. Please continue to work on this, and reference submitted map P7273 as a good model of a map that allows for representation of minority communities without drawing all of Flint into a single district.
Tim
COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST Please consider keeping our C.O.I.'s whole. WALKER should be with ALPINE Township as a District. They share School systems, Emergency Response, Shopping, Worshiping and are considered one C.O.I. BYRON Township should be kept whole as a Community of Interest. Byron is a growing area and clearly should be in it's own District. GAINES Township is a growing area and deserving of it's own District. Please consider drawing Gaines as one District. PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP is clearly it's own Community of Interest. It is large enough to be worthy of it's own House District. GRAND RAPIDS Township and ADA and CASCADE aka the Forest Hills District should be kept whole. This is a Community of Interest that shares a common School District. PLEASE KEEP OUR COMMUNITY OF INTEREST'S WHOLE
Sascha Crasnow
These need to do better to reach partisan fairness. Washtenaw county needs to be unpacked to do this.
Ehsan Taqbeem
Gerry Meandering all over again, Snaking is to help the politicians to win, by breaking up the community. I understand this is how the Census Tract was drawn, but why can't you change that and keep the community together? That was the purpose for developing COI, we have mentioned this concerns of ours repeatedly to many Hearings and Commission meetings. Please fix it for the last time. Thanks
Theresa Mungioli
Like the Senate maps, you continue to split up Oakland County into many different pieces and not with communities of interest.
Jared Boot
This map takes away the voting rights of Detroiters to elect a representative of their choosing!
Jared Boot
This map hurts Black people because there are no Minority Majority districts!
Jared Boot
This map is Gerrymandered and unfair, giving a huge majority of seats to the minority party!
Leslie
This map is too favorable to Republicans
Richard Ramsdell
My name is Dick Ramsdell. I reside in Flint. At this late date let me still suggest that the commissioners go back to the drawing board, rethink your guiding principles, and modify your maps accordingly. You have made a great effort to balance partisanship in your maps. But from the comments I am reading, I think you have missed the boat. The culture of a section of the state, the racial, cultural, and environmental interests of the majority of the members of a community, rather than partisanship needs to be your guiding principle. The comments of your citizens and the most recent census must be your guide. We, as citizens of Michigan, come from many different backgrounds and cultural and historical experiences. Those different experiences are what need to be represented in the Michigan legislature. If they are at least factored in, I believe your maps will be much more fair and accurate, and the partisanship will be truly representational of the values and beliefs of a district's citizens. Does this mean creating a legislature of cultural silos with some safe districts? Perhaps. But given the direction our nation is taking, I think it would not leave anyone out, and would be much more reflective of the values of the citizens of Michigan for the next decade.
camala robinette
We need to keep the City of Walker with Alpine Township in a district, Grand Rapids Township with Ada and Cascade Townships in a district (Forrest Hills Community of interest), Byron Township whole within a district, Gaines Township whole within a district, and Plainfield Township whole within a district
Peter Bane
Another dog of a map, Peach return a big majority of seats to the minority party, has no majority-minority districts, deprives Black Detroiters of their constitutional rights to representation, and fails the voters of this state. Scrap it!
Sara Kravitz
This map is very gerrymandered and unfair. There are no majority minority districts.
Carrie Hatcher-Kay
This map takes away the voting rights of Detroiters to elect a representative of their choosing!
Nomi Joyrich
Please move the prison population to their home communities or to an overpopulated district. This map is really horrible and does not have partisan fairness
Margaret Schankler
This is a terrible map. It is gerrymandered and unfair. giving a huge majority of seats to the minority party! It hurts Black people because there are zero Minority Majority districts. It takes away the voting rights of Detroiters to elect a representative of their choosing and
Glen Cunkle
This map is gerrymandered and unfair.
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 gerrymandered and unfair, giving a huge majority of seats to the minority party!
Thomas Vaughn
The Grosse Pointes were correctly mapped together with one exception. A small section of Grosse Pointe Woods on its south end (Precinct 4), was omitted from the map for State Representative District 4, where the rest of Grosse Pointe Woods was placed (as well as the other Grosse Pointes) and instead put into District 6. It is critical that this section of the City of Grosse Pointe Woods be included in District 6 with the rest of the city. The separation of this part of the city from the rest of the city is counterproductive to the importance of ensuring the unity of interest indicated to be accommodated by the the new redistricting.
Kevin Dolin
At 94000 people, Livonia should constitute its own district. It most certainly is a "Community of Interest". Yet here it is divided into thirds, to satsify what?
Joyce Giuliani
Please don't split Dickinson County. This is a community of interest as a whole. I am from Norway Township and we would end up being in with the Marquette area. We are about 100 miles away from Marquette and have nothing in common with them. Iron Mountain is our main shopping and business center. Also, this map shows just a small strip of land between the 109th district and the 107th district. What in the world would make you think this is a good idea? We also don't have much in common with Menomiee county. Please, please leave us in the 109th district with Iron Mountain. As I stated before, we have had no meetings the U.P. and no representation on the redistricting committee from the U.P. The people on this committee have certainly not done their homework on the geography of our area. This is an insult to the people in Dickinson County that this commission paid for by the taxpayers of this state (which DOES include Dickinson County) didn't even bother to look at a map to see how this would affect our citizens. As a said before, what a sad, sorry mess this redistricting committee has made of this job.
Allegra Pitera
This map is Gerrymandered and unfair, giving a huge majority of seats to the minority party!
Foppe VanderZwaag
Keep the City of Walker with Alpine Township in a district, Grand Rapids Township with Ada and Cascade Townships in a district (favors Forrest Hills Community of interest). Keep Byron Township whole within a district, Gaines Township whole within a district, and Plainfield Township whole within a district.
Teri Weingarden
Unfair map. Hurts black residents. Gerrymandered.
Barb Anness
These proposed maps have just flipped the carve-out from the west to the east side of southern Oakland Twp., north of Rochester Hills, making it an unchanged district and maintaining a partisan advantage for Republicans. In keeping with the goal of reflecting community boundaries, the entire township of Oakland should be in the same House district. Two alternative map options would be: • Keep Rochester and Rochester Hills combined (with 89,335 residents) to meet the House district population requirements of 77,000 to 91,000 residents. See map: https://districtr.org/plan/70801 • Include part of Auburn Hills, which would add additional schools from the Avondale school district, a community of interest. Currently, not all of the Avondale school district is a part of the 45th House district. See map: https://districtr.org/plan/70901
Naomi Ludman
I am from Dowagiac in Cass County in the southwest corner of Michigan. I want to talk about the proposed House Districts 64 and 81 in the Pine grouping. District 81 takes the city of Dowagiac and carves it out of Cass County instead of leaving it in District 64 where it belongs. Dowagiac is the only city in Cass County and anchors the community economically, socially, historically, and culturally. Dowagiac is the home of Southwestern Michigan College which is integrally related to the city in multiple ways. The proposed maps put the college in one District and the city in another. Furthermore, Dowagiac has a significant African American population whose votes are diluted by pulling them out of Cass County rather than keeping them with the African American communities in Cassopolis and Vandalia which have historical roots to the Underground Railroad. In addition, keeping ALL of Cass County in District 64 respects the Pokagon Band community by keeping their elders’ housing and health complexes, the administrative complex, and the Four Winds Casino all in district 64. I urge you to respect these communities and keep Cass County whole. Thank you.
Kathy McGaughy
Flint should not be split we need representation
Sharon Taylor
Hello, my name is Sharon Taylor, I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. I am a product of Flint schools. I continued my education through, Mott Community College and Michigan State University. As a resident of Flint, I have seen many injustices, systematic racism, economic oppression, and racial discrimination. the latest is the poisoning of our community through our water system. There has been no justice served nor is our water problem corrected. Our city is a resilient community, we stand and fight together. We want our voices to be heard and most of all, we want to stay together as a community. We don’t want to be gentrified; therefore, we need individuals that have a shared cultural experience, who resemble North Flint and have common community goals. During your redistricting, please consider the following map P7273. Thank you
Steve stackable
As an independent voter , this is a plan for Midland city and Midland county that I cannot support. Midland city and county have serious flood issues and other interests more aligned with the counties to the north and west of city and county. Also looks like prime example of gerrymandering.
Marilyn Daniels
This map seems to be a clear violation of the federal 1965 Voters Rights Act, Section 2 which was established to protect African American and Hispanic voters. Splitting Flint into 2 sections dilutes the minority vote and probably deprives the majority minority community of Flint of its own representative in the state house.
Betty Susan Nostrant
My name is Betty Nostrant and I reside in Flint. It is important that we keep Flint whole so we can have a minority majority district with 50% or more African-American. Also with the water crisis we need to be represented as a whole Community. I would like to reference map # P7273. Thank you!
ROBERTA URBANI
Partisan fairness is essential in drawing maps. I think that the Pine Map more accurately represents District 22 where I live.
John Leon
The pine map is better for District 22.
Zvonko Blazevski
Dear Members of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission: We are writing this letter today to express my concerns over the various proposed versions of the State House map that have been presented for public feedback. As residents of the City of Roseville, we are especially troubled with the prospect of splitting of the city into multiple districts. In each of the proposed maps, Roseville, a city with just over 47,000 residents, is divided into two districts; which to our knowledge has never occurred previously. Generally, the proposed maps have several of our most northern precincts in a district that goes all the way to Anchor Bay, creating a significant socioeconomic and geographic disparities while the rest of Roseville in a district that encompasses Eastpointe and portions of northeastern Detroit. The division of Roseville as proposed in these maps would present a significant weakening of our representation in the Michigan Legislature. A district that divides Roseville would not be able to properly address the unique economic challenges, infrastructure needs and interests of our residents. Each proposed map dilutes and minimizes the importance Roseville has, as each district would be anchored in different municipalities with significantly different needs and interests. Roseville should be kept whole in any iteration of a State House map because it has a strong historical foundation and a strong working-class background that deserves fair representation by its state house member. Roseville is a city that is around 5 square miles and is a major transit area that is serviced by interstates, I-94 and I-696, and two major state highways (M-1 Gratiot/M-97 Grosebeck). It is a community that has a significant population of older residents, as well as similar demographical and socioeconomic characteristics with a strong sense of togetherness and community. These proposed maps do a disservice to the community by dividing our voice and placing us in districts where Roseville’s needs will not be addressed or be an afterthought. Roseville is connected closely to its neighbors in Macomb County. We share common school districts (for example, Fraser Public Schools and Roseville Community Schools) and shared common government services such as Parks and Recreation (Roseville and Eastpointe) and emergency dispatch services (Roseville, St. Clair Shores and Fraser). In addition, Roseville and Fraser both share the same District Court (and elect the judges), and shares the current county commission lines. Previous iterations of the state house district have had the entire city of Roseville as its anchor and has include parts of Fraser, St. Clair Shores, Warren and Eastpointe in Macomb County in various forms. The seat has always been in Macomb County. Each city shares common economic, social and political interests as inner ring suburban communities looking to continue their rebirth. To cross county lines into Wayne County would be a disservice to both counties as the needs are much different. As an older, built out suburban community to a major Midwestern city, we also have unique needs that can not be adequately met by dividing our city into multiple districts that will have very few common interests. Our water infrastructure is dated. Public safety is paramount and with a heavy older adult population, adequate housing and services for that population are required. The Groesbeck (M-97) corridor is an industrial hub that the City of Roseville (and surrounding communities) have worked hard to reinvigorate with the assistance of legislative representation that is based from the community who addresses the needs of our community. This industrial hub also extends through the cities of Warren, Fraser and Clinton Township. In addition, the Gratiot (M-1) coordinator is a thriving commercial center that the city is trying to continuously update and improve upon. The City of Roseville also boasts a successfully redeveloped Macomb Mall that is booming when so many shopping centers are not. It is imperative that these economic hubs also continue to be represented by a single representative to help further its redevelopment. Despite great strides, similar surrounding communities that contain Gratiot Avenue (including Eastpointe and Clinton Township), share the need for continued redevelopment of this commercial center that would be best served by a representative who understands these needs and can work in conjunction with the communities along that corridor. One of the major concerns is that in the current proposed maps, it will be very difficult for the City of Roseville to have the Representation it needs in Lansing to allow it to continue to thrive. We all understand the need for fairness in the new map, and it is compounded by population shifts with the need to comply with state and federal statutory requirements. However, if the commission decides to finalize the maps in which the City of Roseville is split in two; we believe that the commission not only fails in its requirement to keep communities of interest together, but that it deliberately breaks one apart. As such, it is critical that any legislative map includes Roseville as a community interest and maintains the entire city within one legislative district; as has been done for decades previously. Sincerely, Zvonko and Lisa Blazevski Roseville MI 48066
Zvonko Blazevski
Please see the attached comments
Virginia Preuss
Thank you for your hard work. Pine is the better of the 3 maps to start with, although I prefer you use the Promote the Vote map (portal id 06250) as it is more fair and also one that accounts for prison gerrymandering. This map gives a huge majority of seats to the minority party! That does not seem fair to Michigan voters overall.
Dan Luria
See my comments on Pine, since District 45 is the same here as there.
Lisa Marie Hock
I'm opposed to this State House map because of the split of the City of Flint and the African American population. Flint needs its own representative; the city should not be split.
Jesse Chvojka
I dislike this map on grounds of partisan fairness.
Kevin Grimm
Again, a good map for Troy, but not fair when viewed more broadly. The commission needs to work much harder on the partisan bias of these maps: see the AFL-CIO Fair Maps project maps
Lisa M Jevens
I gave testimony THREE TIMES (C973) and this map does exactly what I asked you NOT TO DO: split our Macatawa community along existing boundaries of 32nd Street, located south of Lake Macatawa. Our peninsula is just south of the channel and has been split in half for decades. You are doing it again. I submitted live testimony, written and maps. Please DO NOT USE 32ND STREET AS A BOUNDARY TO THE LAKEFRONT.
Randa Cain
Our communities share resources, such as fire departments. We have common concerns, especially when addressing the landfill nearby. It has taken us years to make any progress on this important environmental and health issue facing our community. Northville is not a large community and should not be split into 2; it should remain with Plymouth. Our communities have more in common with Plymouth than Farmington Hills. I urge you to reconsider these maps and district lines.
Judy Daubenmier
Thank you for your work, but there is still more to do. This map falls short on the partisan fairness measure. The party that gets the most votes statewide should get the most seats. That's not what happens here. You may have to split some small cities like Ann Arbor and combine them with suburban areas to achieve partisan fairness. Those areas usually are tied together in many ways and the city boundary is an artificial line. Right now, too many Democrats are packed in an area like Ann Arbor and that is preventing you from achieving the partisan fairness required by the constitution as approved by the voters.
Patrick McNeal
This Map along with the others all disenfranchise Flint from the possibility of having at least one and in some cases 2 people who have the cities best interest at heart. This map reduces us to potentially having no representative of color
Margaret Schankler
Please move the prison population in Ionia to an overpopulated district to address prison gerrymandering.
Elizabeth Harris
Troy should be grouped with nearby Oakland County communities. Troy should not be combined with communities far to the east in Macomb County.
Lisa
Why after many, many displeased comments on all the previous maps, have you not corrected these egregious districts that serve to dilute the voices of Pontiac voters and other communities as well? The residents of these communities will not accept the "it's too much work" answer. Commenters from Lake Orion, Oxford, Clarkston, Independence Township, Waterford, Auburn Hills, Bloomfield and Pontiac have all stated that these districts do not preserve COIs and do not represent the communities involved in any way. Fix this!
Igor Vojnovic
In your redrawing of the state House maps, you have made three very safe Democratic districts and three Republican districts, despite the fact that we are overwhelmingly Democratic. Most of the Democratic voters are now packed in our region in three districts. Where is the partisan fairness here? The region is gerrymandered worse than with the 2011 maps. In your current drawing of the state House maps, there are NO competitive House districts in the Greater Lansing Region. This is one reason, and an important one, why when you look at your state House maps across Michigan, they are still not meeting criteria 4 (partisan fairness). Greater partisan fairness, with more competitive House districts within the Great Lansing Region can be ensured by doing three things: i) As you did with the City of Lansing, where the river was used to divide the city in the current House maps, East Lansing and Meridian Township north and south should also be split, using Grand River Avenue as the dividing line. ii) Continue the split of the city of Lansing along the river. iii) Return Delta Township into the Eaton County-based district. Your current maps favor Republican representation in the House by creating a 3 to 3 balance in representation, when our region, in fact, is overwhelmingly Democratic. Pursuing the above three steps will result in 3 Democratic districts, 1 Republican district and 2 competitive districts. This will ensure that your House maps meet the partisan fairness criteria across the state.
Naomi Ludman
Please keep all of Cass County in one House District. Placing Cass Counties only city in proposed district 64 and the rest of Cass County in proposed district 81, just doesn't make any sense. It's really important to keep all of the Pokagon Band's housing and administrative facilities in one county to be represented by one elected official. The Band's elder housing is now in proposed district 81, while the Four Winds Casino and the tribe's administrative complex are in proposed district 64. They should be kept together and represented by the same elected official in the Michigan Legislature. Please keep ALL of Cass County in one house district. Thank you.
Naomi Ludman
Dowagiac is Cass County's only city and helps to anchor the county. Please, it MUST be put in proposed district 81 along with the rest of Cass County. The city cannot be separated from Southwestern Michigan College--the two are integrally related historically, economically, and educationally. Dowagiac must be represented by the same person as the rest of Cass County. Cass County must be kept whole.
Rich Thrush
Copy of my in-person testimony 10/22. My name is Rich Thrush from Grand Rapids. I am asking the Committee to please keep in mind that the main reason Proposition 2, which formed the Commission, was voted in by the people was to develop partisan fair maps rather than have the legislature draw biased maps. The current Commission maps are improving, but more work is needed to get partisan fairness correct. We are counting on you. The current house map divides up cities and complicates representation. I suggest reconfiguring the 6 cities Grand Rapids Area and related townships and simply divide by city lines to preserve Communities of Interest all within the same area. Combine Grandville and Walker Cities to form district 76 to keep the west side culture together. Keep Wyoming City whole and add a small slice of Grand Rapids to the north between Interstate 131 and the river as district 79 to represent the Hispanic population well. Combine Kentwood and East Grand Rapids Cities with Cascade Township in district 86 to put like areas of the Southwest side together. Use the South Grand Rapids City from Fulton street south in district 78 to represent underserved minorities. Then combine north Grand Rapids City from Fulton Street and include Grand Rapids, Ada and Plainfield Townships south of the Grand River in district 75. Representatives for these areas will be then able to focus on each district’s unique issues and needs. I will enter these written comments to the Pine map along with example 63361district map to better illustrate these suggestions https://districtr.org/plan/63361
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!
Kathy M Welsh
In this proposed map, I see groupings that have nothing in common with each other. Ex: Walker and East Town! Walker and Alpine should be grouped together, as well as Plainfield and Rockford, instead of this oddly shaped, long reaching districts. It seems as though there is voter packing involved and I don't find that fair.
Donna Deeb
Lets keep the 6 cities and Grand Rapids Township together.
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 commitment to the well being collectively of our twin-cities ...the last gerrymander to separate the communities was never liked ... 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. .
Nomi Joyrich
This map is very gerrymandered and give a heavy partisan advantage. This map must be scrapped.
Nomi Joyrich
This map is very unfair. Does not have partisan fairness. Does not reflect needs of COI. This map needs to be scrapped.
kelly correy
Pine map was much better then this one.
Judy Maiga
Pine is the better of the house maps when it comes to District 22. Dislike.
janice GOLDFARB
I dislike this map because it splits Farmington Hills and Farmington.We should be TOGETHER.We share 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.
Jocelyne Romero
It is good that this district includes over 50% of people of color. We would encourage to expand it to include the NW side of Grand Rapids to better capture the Latinx community's voice.
Jennifer
Being just outside the city of Jackson, I have hardly any of my community of interest in this district, which include the rural areas of Jackson Co. Please KEEP OUR COUNTY TOGETHER! If it must be split because of numbers, it should be divided through the city to give the suburbs and the city unified with their community of interest. We are not unified with Washtenaw county.
Kimberly K Lindsey
While this map is the best option of all those presented is is rife with gerrymandering, exactly what the commission was enacted to prevent. Splitting counties, cities and towns in an attempt at fairness is fair to no one in the end. Communities of interest should be the overriding criteria and this is anything but that.
Cindy Krieg
Eastown is a unique area of Grand Rapids that deserves to be included with the east side of Grand Rapids. Their interests are completely different from cities west of Grand Rapids, including Walker and and Standale.
JAMES R PEDERSEN
Dividing Cass County in this fashion is a horrible injustice. It divides communities of interest, communities of color, and our Pokagon tribal community. It is also horribly partisan. Keep Cass County together!
Abigail Frost
The way you drew the state House maps, there are 3 VERY safe Democratic districts and 3 Republican districts. You packed most of the Democratic voters in our region into 3 districts, gerrymandering the region worse than the 2011 maps. There are NO competitive House districts in the Greater Lansing Region as you have currently drawn the state House maps. This is a big reason why your state House maps are still not meeting criteria 4 (partisan fairness) when you look at them statewide. You can fix this by doing three things in the Great Lansing Region: Put Delta Township back in the Eaton County-based district. Split East Lansing and Meridian Township north and south like you did with the city of Lansing. You used the river to help divide the city of Lansing in the current House maps. Use Grand River Ave to divide East Lansing and Meridian in a similar manner. Keep splitting the city of Lansing as you have with the river. If you do this, you will end up with 2 competitive districts, 3 Democratic districts and 1 Republican District. Here is what fair districts in the Lansing region look like: https://bit.ly/3j1Io63. This will also help your House maps meet the partisan fairness criteria statewide. This is critical as your current maps favor Republican representation in the House by creating a 3 to 3 balance in representation when our region is overwhelmingly Democratic.
JAMES R PEDERSEN
Please keep the historic Underground Railroad communities of Dowagiac, Cassopolis, Vandalia and to a lesser extent, Niles together, as a community of interest and for racial equity. Uniting these communities is important for historic and social reasons. Thank you.
Laurent Chappuis
I recognize how difficult it is to balance all the requirements, but this is not quite right.
Alex Meyers
The communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills share culture, events, school districts, and more. Splitting them between multiple legislative districts does not make sense.
Dan Holowicki
Not only are the Downriver Communities split up, now you are splitting up the city of Southgate. Obviously whomever drew up this map has no idea of the unique needs and interests of the Downriver Communities from Melvindale in the north to Flat Rock in the south.
Sue Macrellis
So Jackson county would have three representatives, one of which would represent parts of four counties. Sure happy we have maps with some nice straight lines.
Douglas Floto
District 33 is not representative of communities of interest. While it's fine to break up Commerce Township, my area's community of interest is to the south and east. This map really favors Republican interests and needs to be re-thought in terms of partisan fairness,
Suzanne Kinnen
Once again, I agree with Sharon Baseman. Another map that does a disservice to the communities in this district, splitting neighbors with similar interests, and disenfranchising voters in Wayne County.
Judy Maiga
This map is not acceptable. Detroit is sliced into too many districts, watering down the power of the voters to elect candidates of choice. I worked hard to get this Petition turned into law and the bottom line is the majority of your maps STILL favor Republicans. Should they favor dems? Honestly, yes, in a Blue leaning state they should. Since that would cause heads to pop off, let's aim for competitive districts with a more balanced final overall map which was, after all, the point of all this.
Dinah R DeWald
Right now, there are 3 very safe Democratic districts and 3 Republican districts. This is worse in terms of partisan fairness than the 2011 maps. There are no competitive House districts in the Greater Lansing Region as you have currently drawn the state House maps, meeting they aren't meeting the partisan fairness criteria. To make the maps more fair: 1. Put Delta Township back in the Eaton County-based district. 2. Split East Lansing and Meridian Township north and south like you did with the city of Lansing. You used the river to help divide the city of Lansing in the current House maps. Use Grand River Ave to divide East Lansing and Meridian. 3. Keep splitting the city of Lansing as you have with the river. If you do this, you will end up with 2 competitive districts, 3 Democratic districts and 1 Republican District. Here is what fair districts in the Lansing region look like: https://bit.ly/3j1Io63.
Christine A Lyon
This map is nonsensical, with Berrien County being split up by lakeshore communities and the rest of the county. Berrien County needs to remain intact and not split up in this fashion. Very confusing and does not take into consideration the entirety of the tourism business in the county, only those of the lakeshore communities. Thumbs down.
Rachel Cichon
Dear Commissioners, I am concerned that the Lansing maps do not accurately reflect the community, particularly on the issue of partisan fairness. Our current state House maps have 3 Dem districts, 2 Republican districts and 1 swing district (D71 - Eaton County area) in Greater Lansing. However, the new proposed maps have 3 Dem districts and 3 Republican districts because the vast majority of Dem voters in our region have been packed into 3 districts. This means there are no competitive House districts in Greater Lansing and violates criteria 4 (partisan fairness). This is an example of gerrymandering that goes even further than the 2011 maps. This is fixable. The Senate maps you have already produced used boundaries that make sense to Lansing residents and reflect partisan fairness and our communities of interest. We can apply similar parameters to the House maps to make it more fair. The three changes that would make all of the difference are: 1) Put Delta Township back in the Eaton County-based district (this helps keep the communities of interest in Eaton together). 2) Split East Lansing and Meridian Township north and south. You used the river to help divide the city of Lansing in the current House maps. Similarly, use Grand River Ave to divide East Lansing and Meridian in a similar manner. This is a boundary that residents know and can easily use to determine where they live, plus it keeps communities together because it separates the distinct East Lansing permanent resident community from the distinct EL student community and aligns with local school districts, which EL and Meridian Township residents are much more familiar with. 3) Keep splitting the city of Lansing as you have with the river. Just like with Grand River Ave, this makes it easy for residents to know which district they are in. This would leave two competitive districts, 3 Democratic districts, and 1 Republican districts in Greater Lansing, a better reflection of our partisan makeup. It would help shift maps across the state to reflect better partisan fairness as well. Thank you very much for your consideration, Rachel Cichon
Ashley Bohacz
I believe this map is the best out of all of the State House maps, using it as a foundation with further modifications focusing more on communities of interest.
Eric Ash
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.
Michelle Mormul
Splitting up Sterling Heights does not make any sense.
Michelle Mormul
St. Clair Shores should not be split into two different districts.
Soh Suzuki
Please keep the three neighborhoods on the east side of Detroit (East English Village, Morningside, Cornerstone Village) in the same district. It makes no sense to cut up Detroit and join them with communities in Macomb and Oakland counties.
Ratna Rao
Please DO NOT break up Novi into two district. This is particularly harmful to the APIA community in P14.
Scott Weston Rose
There is no reason to have so many county boundaries crossed by districts of this size. Please consider my map which minimized county and city cross overs and also has a very low population deviation of 1.37% max. https://districtr.org/plan/49177
Julie Wuerfel
Please keep our county together. This lakeshore stair step maps discounts the community of interest by not acknowledging the need for inland lake communities and services provided by cities and townships just off the lakeshore. In fact, you have divided St. Joseph within this map. Royalton Two is in a different community, however, we are a part of St. Joseph schools and business associations. Our county should not be divided to other counties, unless there is a need for two house districts within the county. There is no reason for it to go up the lakeshore 3 or more counties. We don't even have the same tourism as the next county to our north. Berrien is a border county that gets all our media from Indiana. Our tourism from Indiana and Illinois. We have many 2nd home owners from these states. Van Buren and whatever county is north of that are in state tourism counties. These are very different communities of interest. Our county should not be Gerrymandered.
Sharon Trumpy
Novi needs to be kept in one district. This proposal disempowers our AAPI community. It also splits up the Novi Community School District. Our city and school district should be in one district so we can work for our common interests.
Katie Sun
I would suggest that Grand Rapids township and Ada township be included in District 75. We are much more closely associated with this district. Now we are included in a district 96 which includes a weird mix of our two suburban townships in Kent county with two eastern rural townships in Kent county and very rural communities in Barry and Allegan counties to the south. We have nothing in common with them. Can’t imagine a single representative servicing all of the needs of these townships
Katie Sun
Don’t understand why Walker/Grand Rapids Ward 1 residential northwest 76 district would be combined with the Grand Rapids city area that is east of the river in Ward 2-totally different type of downtown city area. This is a much better fit with the northwest 75 district. Just add similar area Grandville city to 76 to get the population.
Cary Fleischer
General comment – Kent county is the 4th largest county in the state (658,000 residents) and the greater Grand Rapids area is most of the population. Please keep State House districts in the Greater Grand Rapids area including Ada, Cascade and Plainfield townships together.
Cary Fleischer
Why is Ada residential township included in district 96 with rural townships in Kent county and other townships outside the county in Barry and Allegan townships? No common Community of Interest whatsoever. Better to put Ada township in District 75 with like communities
Cary Fleischer
Easton and Wilcox Park in the eastern finger of district 76 do not fit. These areas probably fit better in 78 or 75. They are not related to the west side district 76 in many ways.
Doris wilkes
It's not fair when, peoples in pontiac or any black or brown people not intitled to have a god giving representative, for there community, you are trying to cut them out for voting, when will this stop , just do the right things , please remember, united we stand, divided we all fall.
elizabeth mae beaudoin
Keep Novi together in one district. Separating a small chunk of our city from the rest will create division and water down the voices of our AAPI voters. Novi is a leading school district in our state with highly invested voters. Please keep our city together as one group so the advocate can work towards the goals of everyone in our area
David Neubauer
This like some good gerrymandering to me!
David Neubauer
Rutledge Township should be included with City of Hastings, we are one community and should not split up.
Rich Thrush
What a complicated map and divides up cities to further complicate representation. Very simple to keep the 6 cities Grand Rapids area and related townships together and divide by City lines to preserve the Communities of Interest. Combine Grandville City with Walker City to keep the west side culture together. Keep Wyoming City whole and add some of Grand Rapids City west of the freeway to represent the Hispanic population well. Combine Kentwood City, East Grand Rapids City, and Cascade Township to combine like areas of the Southwest side. Keep the South Central Grand Rapids City whole from Fulton street south to represent the underserved minorities and combine the North Grand Rapids City from Fulton Street north and include Grand Rapids Township, Ada Township and Plainfield Township south of the Grand River. Map https://districtr.org/plan/63361 shows this proposal all within the same area of current Grand Rapids State House districts drawn by the Commission.
Ashton Shortridge
Thank you for your hard work developing independent redistricting maps. They improve greatly on the current maps and promise a more representative process for all of Michigan. As a resident of Greater Lansing, I do have concerns with the state House maps for my region. The six districts in Greater Lansing all appear to be uncompetitive, with Democratic voters and Republican voters packed into three districts apiece. Further, the locations of the splits result in districts that don't clearly reflect boundaries between communities of interest. I suggest that you split East Lansing and Meridian Township along Grand River Avenue. This major highway divides Michigan State University from most of the established neighborhoods in East Lansing and is a widely recognized landmark in the area. Further, it would connect the suburb of Okemos with the nearby towns of Williamston and Mason. On the west side, I suggest that you include Delta Township, which is in Eaton County, with much of the rest of Eaton County - including the towns of Dimondale, Potterville and Charlotte - rather than merging it with northern Lansing, as it is in the proposed plan. That would require the northern suburbs of Lansing to be merged with the northern city of Lansing, which seems preferable. I do like the north-south division of the City of Lansing itself, and hope that you include that in any revisions. This scheme is logical and easy to justify. If you work with these modifications, you will find it possible to develop more competitive districts that have logical divisions and better link communities of interest in the Greater Lansing region. Any partitioning plan has advantages and disadvantages, but I hope that you consider these suggestions. Thanks again for your hard work.
Paul Jefferson
Fire Whitmer!
Naomi Ludman
This map does put the city of Dowagiac with Niles which is a good thing as we are a community of interest with that city. However, Dowagiac, Cassopolis, and Edwardsburg are also a strong community of interest. We all have ties to the Niles community. That is where we live and shop, go out to eat, and go to the doctor. Farther west, such as Three Oaks, are not the places we go to on a daily and weekly basis. Dowagiac, Niles, Edwardsburg, and Cassopolis should be in one district.
Nancy Mroczkowski
Please try to create State House Districts largely composed of the metro six cities. There share Common Community of Interest: Shared water, sewer, transit, waste management, economy, and culture. If you have to add townships, make sure they are near largely residential and commercial suburban townships like Cascade, Ada, Plainfield, and Grand Rapids Township. Try to keep the greater Grand Rapids cities and townships in Kent County together. Avoid putting suburban townships in other counties. Kent County is the 4th largest county in Michigan and deserves to have representatives from the County as much as possible. A map that achieves these goals is linked here. https://districtr.org/plan/63361
Nancy Mroczkowski
Plainfield and Northeastern Grand Rapids share a common school district: Northview School District
Nancy Mroczkowski
GR Township is fully commercial and residential suburban, it has only 2 farms. It is a township that has much in common with the surrounding cities
Nancy Mroczkowski
The Ward system has a long standing value to Grand Rapids residents, it’s important to keep the non-downtown areas of Ward 2 together
Nancy Mroczkowski
Grandville, Walker and Westside GR are all Metro Six Cities. Southern Walker and Grandville share the Grandville School District
Nancy Mroczkowski
Walker and Westside GR share common interest: West Catholic High School, Catholic heritage, commercial districts. Walker, Westside GR, and Grandville are both Metro Six Cities. Southern Walker and Grandville share the Grandville School District
Nancy Mroczkowski
Westside is the home to long-standing Polish and Catholic neighborhoods. Westside GR and Walker share common interest: West Catholic High School, Catholic heritage, commercial districts. Westside GR and Walker are both Metro Six Cities
Nancy Mroczkowski
Eastown should not be placed in with areas like Grandville and Walker, but rather in a district within Grand Rapids to the south with Ward 3 or the North with Ward 2
Nancy Mroczkowski
Cascade should be added together with its neighbor Kentwood. The Ford Airport, which is an island that belongs to the City of Grand Rapids, should be represented by someone who lives in a Metro Six city. Kentwood and Cascade share a common 28th Street Corridor. Cascade is a suburban township that should not be put in with predominantly rural, agricultural townships like Vergennes and Caledonia or townships in Barry and Allegan County
Nancy Mroczkowski
East Grand Rapids is a City and Should be placed with a fellow Six City, ideally with neighboring Kentwood. But, East Grand Rapids is suburban and should be placed with Kentwood rather than Grand Rapids
Nancy Mroczkowski
Kentwood is a city of 55,000 people and should make up the core of a State House District. Add Kentwood’s fellow Metro Six City of East Grand Rapids since they share water, waste, and transit services and have the same system of government. Add the most similar nearby township -- Cascade Township -- because it shares the 28th Street Commercial Corridor and has the Ford Airport
Nancy Mroczkowski
Thank you for drawing a Southern Grand Rapids District with a strong African-American and People of Color population. It is possible to create a State House District that is around 50% non-white. African-Americans have not had a Black State Representative from Grand Rapids for over a decade. They deserve a chance to elect a non-white Representative to focus on their unique issues: housing, policing, justice, economic opportunity, etc.
Nancy Mroczkowski
Wyoming is a city of 77,000 people and is a Community of Interest that deserves to be kept together as a core part of a State House District. Do not split up Wyoming into two State House Districts. State House District population levels can be reached by adding the three main Hispanic precincts in Grand Rapids into a Wyoming district. This creates an opportunity for Hispanic representation from Kent County in the State House since population of this district would 32% Hispanic, the largest, most concentrated Hispanic district possible in Kent County. The current MICRC maps divide Wyoming unnecessarily. The current MICRC map splits the Hispanic communities living in southwest Grand Rapids and Wyoming
Randall Schaetzl
You new State House district maps are unfair to Democrats I see only 3 "Democratic" districts and 2 "Republican districts" because you packed most of the Democratic voters in our region into 3 districts. This is worse gerrymandering than the 2011 maps. I see no "evenly split" House districts in the Greater Lansing Region, on your maps. I conclude that your state House maps are still not meeting criteria 4 (partisan fairness). Please fix this them by: 1. Putting Delta Township back in the Eaton County district. 2. Splitting East Lansing and Meridian Township north and south, like you did with the city of Lansing. Use Grand River Ave to divide East Lansing and Meridian North-and-South. 3. Keep the divisions you have for the city of Lansing. This revision will give you 4 competitive districts and 1 Democratic district - as it should be - and will help your House maps meet the partisan fairness criteria. Thank you.
Dana Fortier
Farmington and Farmington Hills are one community that share a history, school district, library system, community center, senior programs, and much more. Clearly Farmington and Farmington Hills IS a Community of Interest. It appears that Farmington/Farmington Hills is split into 2-3 districts. This will make it very difficult for Farmington and Farmington Hills to get cohesive representation in the legislature.
Kaneesa Tooson
Flint needs its own representative; the city should not be split. Genesee County will not have minority representation with the current maps because of the split of the City of Flint and the African American Population. In addition, Flint is and has historically been faced with unique challenges specific to the City and Flint needs its own Representative. Based on the current maps, Flint may not have its own Representative.
Aaron Haury
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?
Jared Boot
Your maps unfairly benefit Republicans. Your job isn’t done until you fix that.
Daniel Opsommer
The way you drew the state House maps, there are 3 VERY safe Democratic districts and 2 Republican districts. You packed most of the Democratic voters in our region into 3 districts, gerrymandering the region worse than the 2011 maps. There are NO competitive House districts in the Greater Lansing Region as you have currently drawn the state House maps. This is a big reason why your state House maps are still not meeting criteria 4 (partisan fairness) when you look at them statewide. You can fix this by doing three things in the Great Lansing Region: 1. Put Delta Township back in the Eaton County-based district. 2. Split East Lansing and Meridian Township north and south like you did with the city of Lansing. You used the river to help divide the city of Lansing in the current House maps. Use Grand River Ave to divide East Lansing and Meridian in a similar manner. 3. Keep splitting the city of Lansing as you have with the river. If you do this, you will end up with 4 competitive districts and 1 Democratic district. Here is what fair districts in the Lansing region look like: https://bit.ly/3j1Io63. This will also help your House maps meet the partisan fairness criteria statewide.
Marian Mahoney
The city of Novi should not be divided into 2 districts. This dilutes the Asian-American voices. Our city already has 4 different school districts - splitting our city into different districts further also adds undue complexity. Please keep Novi together.
Max Gordon Aulbach
I think it's a mistake to divide Wyoming. They have a population of 77,000 and definitely make up a community of interest. I think it would be much better to keep the city all together in one district. This would also better represent our Hispanic population in Kent County. Under this map, hispanic communities are divided and risk being under represented.
Max Gordon Aulbach
I think it would be worthwhile to keep Ward 2 of Grand Rapids together. I'm a lifelong resident of Ward 2 and feel it would be better remain with my Ward 2 in terms of state house representation.
John
I agree with the other commenters, the Pontiac, Bloomfield, Auburn Hills area should be kept together as should Waterford. It appears that Townships are being split en mass and shoved, in small portions, into cities with which they have no relationship or in districts with small fragments of many townships, diminishing each their voices. It is rather telling that the only Township that is anywhere near whole is the home district of one of the Commissioners. This needs to be corrected immediately.
Tom
Keep Waterford whole, there is no need to separate a small section of this community into a district where there is no COI and the small number of population makes it impossible for Waterford citizens to help or hinder anything brought forward. This could also impair the residents of the Pontiac district from bringing a unified voice to Lansing. Fix this!
James Green
Another map that break the city of warren up with half being shared with sterling heights and the other districts with Detroit. I don't see how this helps warren get proper representation nor Detroit. Another failure by this group.
Shuvra Dass
The most important thing we need these maps to be is partisan fairness. The commission is so far ussing voting data from 2012 to now with equal weightage. That should not be done. The electorate of ten years ago do not reflect how it will look over the nnext ten yeras. They should provide more weightage to the reecent elections and strive to create fairer maps. As an example, the map proposed by AFL-CIO is mmuch fairer than any of the maps the commission has proposed.
Dorothy Munson
96 Why would cascade township be in district 96 when it is essentially an extension of Kentwood District 86. My husband works there.
Dorothy Munson
I am surprised that the 76 district where we live goes across the river to the east side. That’s a busy city area with offices and the hospital. The west side is strictly middle class residential.
Dorothy Munson
78 Suggest having a Grand Rapids south district East of interstate 131 north south freeway to form a great district to represent black people. There are many common issues and needs in that area.
Dorothy Munson
Wyoming should be kept together and some area along Grandville avenue to the north should be in one district to represent the Hispanic population well. I spend a lot of time supporting the people in that area.
Lisa K
Unevenly balanced -please do not use
Lisa Lamancusa
Cascade township where I live should be in with Grand Rapids metro areas – probably with Kentwood and East Grand Rapids city in 86. Don’t understand why would be in a district with townships south of us in Barry and Allegan counties. We are totally attached to Grand Rapids. The airport is nearby. I am also surprised that Ada township north of us is in the 96 district. It has the same close relationship with Grand Rapids six cities. It should be connected to the north side of Grand Rapids in a district there
lori A Boyce
Farmington and Farmington Hills combined makes a state House district. Farmington Hills is currently split at least into 2 districts. Further, 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 or more districts. Farmington Hills has a lot more in common with Farmington than Southfield. Farmington currently is drawn into Detroit (Wayne County).
Patricia Dawson
Why is Eastown and Wilcox park in 76 northwest district-they are way east of the Grand River. We are west siders and have our own unique polish neighborhoods, churches and local businesses. 79 I can see us being with Grandville because my grandson lives in walker but goes to Grandville schools
Patricia Dawson
I would say Wyoming should be together as there are many Spanish people there. Maybe need to add some of grand rapids there to keep the Spanish together.
Charlie Close
Flint needs its own representative and should not be split. This map works against minority representation in the city of Flint, which is unacceptable because of the particular challenges the city has faced and is facing.
Thomas Cook
This map of the 58th splits off the northern tier of township in Shiawassee County from the whole, diminishing this community of interest
Charlie Close
Flint needs its own representative and should not be split. This map works against minority representation in the city of Flint, which is unacceptable because of the particular challenges the city has faced and is facing.
Amer Zahr
My name is Amer Zahr and I’m a resident of Dearborn, a political activist, and a law professor. I’m also a member of Dearborn-based AAPAC, the Arab American Political Action Committee. I’m extremely concerned with the latest State House maps published by the MICRC as they relate to Dearborn and the Arab American community. The latest maps split Dearborn down the middle and greatly dilute the Arab American vote. Districts 3 and 7 split the Arab American community. I presented to the commission on September 7 in Lansing about the concerns of the Arab American community. In that presentation, I expressed support for the Fair Maps map as it related to Dearborn. Also, I cautioned the commission on using raw numbers for VRA purposes in the Dearborn area, as Arab Americans are still incorrectly counted as "White" by the Census Bureau, when we are clearly a marginalized community of color. The maps that include most of East Dearborn in a State House district that also includes Detroit dilutes our vote. The maps that you have published for the State House now have no districts that are majority Arab American, in the US state that has the highest concentration of Arab Americans in the nation. Dearborn, further, is informally known as the Arab American capital and is home to the only Arab American National Museum. The AFL Fair Maps project proposed a map that accurately reflected Dearborn's demographics and interests. That map took into account the concentrated Arab American community in Dearborn, and proposed a district that was entirely located in the city, only excluding a few non-Arab neighborhoods to achieve the required population numbers. Finally, while we are counted as White on the census, a number of court cases have recognized the Arab American community’s ability to sue under federal law as a racial minority. In fact, a 1987 Supreme Court case established this principle. In other words, the courts see our community as one that could sue under the VRA, even though we are incorrectly counted as White. I urge you all to modify the State House districts to create a Dearborn district that more accurately reflects our community. The AFL Fair Maps project does a great job of this. If you don’t remedy this, the Arab American community in Michigan will likely be left with no representation in Lansing, a disastrous outcome indeed. As I study and teach these exact subjects, I’m happy to provide any more information or testimony as needed. I have attached the AFL Fair Maps proposal for Dearborn, as it addresses these concerns.
David P Brausch
Yet another example of blatant gerrymandering. Communities of Interest are just an excuse to do exactly this. We should stick with cities and counties as much as possible.
William Asher
You have several districts that are split across the county line between Detroit and Oakland County, like districts 18 and 21. This means that it is extremely likely that the residents of the Detroit portions of those districts will not be able to elect a representative that looks like the voters. That would be a violation of the Voting Rights Act, and something that I think the commission should take very seriously. We've got to satisfy the VRA, and we've got to ensure partisan fairness.
Brett J Meyer
This mapping process is simply a Republican power grab - a nasty one at that. A shameful charade. Novi should not be cut in half - that's ludicrous.
Joe Fresard
Why not include Harper woods and the east side with the Grosse Pointes rather than downtown Detroit? It looks very strange
Joe Fresard
This splits Harper Woods from the Grosse Pointes and splits up east side Detroit COI's.
Joe Fresard
This district looks as bad as any gerrymander
Heather Burnside
Novi should not be divided between two different districts. It needs to be returned to district 110. By separating the city, it works to silence the voices of the AAPI population. Beyond that, this map divides many school districts that should be kept together to best serve the needs of their communities, while at the same time lumping parts of communities that share very few common issues or concerns.
Barb Matney
This map is splitting our community organization . Our boundaries are Ford to Joy Rd and M39 to Rouge Park. This map is also separating. The Cody Rouge Neighborhoods that work very close with one another. This makes no sense
Allen R Wolf
VRA districts must establish the opportunity to elect a candidate of choice. This requires careful consideration of primary results and voter participation, especially in Flint, Detroit and surrounding Metro areas. I’m concerned about how you have sliced Detroit up into thin strips and put them with heavily white areas in the suburbs. It is important to me that Detroit be able to elect its own representatives, and I’m not sure your maps will guarantee that. Please use more data than just the 2018 Governor primary to assess VRA compliance.
Debbie
Cheboygan County is a community of interest for so many reasons. It is one of 3 counties comprising the Straits of Mackinac, and its vast wetlands, shoreline, lakes, and streams, and inland waterways connect to other counties. The Mackinac Bridge is in our back yard, and Line 5 is just over the fence line in Emmet County. We survive on 4 seasons tourism, and are intricately connected to the industry in Emmet and Mackinac Counties, we rely upon these counties for healthcare, and Emmet for education, goods, and services. Mackinac Bands and Sault Tribe members access tribal services in Mackinac and Chippewa counties. We receive news, tv, and radio from the west side (ask Edward Woods III). Cheboygan County residents visit Presque Isle and Montmorency counties for recreation, but these are not areas for goods, services, work, healthcare, education, or service organizations for the majority of us. This district is too similar to the current House map to reflect any meaningful change.
Gwen Markham
Precinct 14 in the City of Novi is placed in Dist 36 on this map. It should be in Dist 110. A large portion of the AAPI community in Novi would be separated from the rest of this local Community of Interest. Also, it would be the only Precinct in the Novi School District to reside in a different House district, creating unnecessary confusion. Keep Novi intact. Return Novi Pct. 14 to District 110.
Julie A Argonis
If "communities of interest" are a chief concern of this commission, then splitting a single precinct off from its city, school district, and home county is not a defensible action. Please keep Novi whole, or risk diminishing one of the shining examples of exemplary districts in the state
Raman Sujata
Please do not separate Novi. Novi precinct 14 should be part of district 110 because failing to do so will be detrimental to its large, closely knit AAPI community. Additionally, it will split up our school district.
Lisa Kulawczyk-Pringle
Reaching every district in these zip codes across 8 mile in slim, siloed districts, up several miles into communities that have little in common is a mistake. There is some positive to reaching across 8-mile, but doing so in these sliver-like districts it is only dividing Detroit neighborhoods and diluting the population's vote. Anywhere north of 696 has very different interests, challenges, and populations from Detroit.
Monique Baker McCormick
Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, a change affecting voting, such as a redistricting plan, may not be used unless you can show that the change has neither a discriminatory purpose nor will have a discriminatory effect. It appears that this map lines will have a discriminatory effect by cutting up the black community in Detroit and Wayne County moving far across County lines. Can the Redistricting Commission provide evidence that this map will not have a discriminatory effect? Detroiters interests are totally different from someone living on the other side of Oakland County. This house district is cut up so that we will have no black representation. If a black person ran for office it would take a millions to win and compete with a much wealthier Oakland County. Additionally, you are literally tearing Detroit neighborhoods apart, cutting communities in half. The Voting Rights Act prohibits practices and procedures that are racially discriminatory and also those that are shown to have a racially discriminatory results. Intentional or unintentional, as far as elected representation, these maps will have a racially discriminatory result. This map is the same or worse than the republican gerrymander drawn map from 10 years ago. Remember Gerrymander means the manipulation of an electoral constituency’s boundaries so as to favor one party or class.
Monique Baker McCormick
Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, a change affecting voting, such as a redistricting plan, may not be used unless you can show that the change has neither a discriminatory purpose nor will have a discriminatory effect. It appears that this map lines will have a discriminatory effect by cutting up the black community in Detroit and Wayne County moving far across County lines. Can the Redistricting Commission provide evidence that this map will not have a discriminatory effect? Detroiters interests are totally different from someone living on the other side of Oakland County. This house district is cut up so that we will have no black representation. If a black person ran for office it would take a millions to win and compete with a much wealthier Oakland County. Additionally, you are literally tearing Detroit neighborhoods apart, cutting communities in half. The Voting Rights Act prohibits practices and procedures that are racially discriminatory and also those that are shown to have a racially discriminatory results. Intentional or unintentional, as far as elected representation, these maps will have a racially discriminatory result. This map is the same or worse than the republican gerrymander drawn map from 10 years ago. Remember Gerrymander means the manipulation of an electoral constituency’s boundaries so as to favor one party or class.
Monique Baker McCormick
Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, a change affecting voting, such as a redistricting plan, may not be used unless you can show that the change has neither a discriminatory purpose nor will have a discriminatory effect. It appears that this map lines will have a discriminatory effect by cutting up the black community in Detroit and Wayne County moving far across County lines. Can the Redistricting Commission provide evidence that this map will not have a discriminatory effect? Detroiters interests are totally different from someone living on the other side of Oakland County. This house district is cut up so that we will have no black representation. If a black person ran for office it would take a millions to win and compete with a much wealthier Oakland County. Additionally, you are literally tearing Detroit neighborhoods apart, cutting communities in half. The Voting Rights Act prohibits practices and procedures that are racially discriminatory and also those that are shown to have a racially discriminatory results. Intentional or unintentional, as far as elected representation, these maps will have a racially discriminatory result. This map is the same or worse than the republican gerrymander drawn map from 10 years ago. Remember Gerrymander means the manipulation of an electoral constituency’s boundaries so as to favor one party or class.
Monique Baker McCormick
Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, a change affecting voting, such as a redistricting plan, may not be used unless you can show that the change has neither a discriminatory purpose nor will have a discriminatory effect. It appears that this map lines will have a discriminatory effect by cutting up the black community in Detroit and Wayne County moving far across County lines. Can the Redistricting Commission provide evidence that this map will not have a discriminatory effect? Detroiters interests are totally different from someone living on the other side of Oakland County. This house district is cut up so that we will have no black representation. If a black person ran for office it would take a millions to win and compete with a much wealthier Oakland County. Additionally, you are literally tearing Detroit neighborhoods apart, cutting communities in half. The Voting Rights Act prohibits practices and procedures that are racially discriminatory and also those that are shown to have a racially discriminatory results. Intentional or unintentional, as far as elected representation, these maps will have a racially discriminatory result. This map is the same or worse than the republican gerrymander drawn map from 10 years ago. Remember Gerrymander means the manipulation of an electoral constituency’s boundaries so as to favor one party or class.
Andrew Mutch
Proposed House District 36 has been one of the fastest growing areas of the state over the past 10 years. It's expected to see a lot of additional population growth over the next 10 years. This district will quickly become overweighted population-wise as the population continues to grow. In fact, considering the population numbers are based on the 2020 Census, the current overweight is probably even higher than the numbers presented. Shifting at least one of the more built-out Novi precincts into the Proposed House District 110 will ensure that these districts better conform to the equal population requirement now and into the future.
Monique Baker McCormick
Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, a change affecting voting, such as a redistricting plan, may not be used unless you can show that the change has neither a discriminatory purpose nor will have a discriminatory effect. It appears that this map lines will have a discriminatory effect by cutting up the black community in Detroit and Wayne County moving far across County lines. Can the Redistricting Commission provide evidence that this map will not have a discriminatory effect? Detroiters interests are totally different from someone living on the other side of Oakland County. This house district is cut up so that we will have no black representation. If a black person ran for office it would take a millions to win and compete with a much wealthier Oakland County. Additionally, you are literally tearing Detroit neighborhoods apart, cutting communities in half. The Voting Rights Act prohibits practices and procedures that are racially discriminatory and also those that are shown to have a racially discriminatory results. Intentional or unintentional, as far as elected representation, these maps will have a racially discriminatory result. This map is the same or worse than the republican gerrymander drawn map from 10 years ago. Remember Gerrymander means the manipulation of an electoral constituency’s boundaries so as to favor one party or class.
Dave Morgan
As I have watched this commission go from an original map that made perfect sense having the City of Battle Creek, Springfield, Townships of Pennfield, Bedford, Emmett all of which share a Library, Police and Fire Services, School Systems, Ambulance Service, have members on BCATS, AMASA boards together, and share many other services, to now a District that is clearly stretched and once again gerrymandered for political purposes only, and it is disappointing. To say that Battle Creek and Albion are these close communities is simply false. You can not even drive between the two without going through another proposed District. I also see that the City of Albion and Albion Township have been separated? So this commission is saying Battle Creek and the surrounding townships have more in common than the City of Albion and Albion Township? I also bring up the fact that the children of Albion attend Marshall schools not Battle Creek. When the proposal to merge the Albion students to Marshall members of both communities talked about everything they had in common and not one person brought up that Albion and Battle Creek should be together. Last I will say that the current 62nd District that you have turned into the 74th District minus Albion Township was one of the main examples that was used to point to gerrymandered and stretched districts. The people voted to eliminate exactly what is being done in the proposed 74th District.
Lisa
UNITE WATERFORD TOWNSHIP!
Judith S. Goodman
There are 3 State House maps being considered for advancement. Each and every one of these state House maps favors Republicans by a disproportionate amount. They all but guarantee Republican majorities for the next decade. The commissioners must apply partisan fairness standards.
Gwen Markham
The City of Novi is one of the most diverse cities in Michigan. It should be kept intact as many groups of interest are represented and our House seat should reflect that.
Ashley Prew
The City of Flint needs its own representative and should not be split. If this map stands, Genesee County will not have minority representation because of the split of the City of Flint and the African American population in this and the surrounding areas. Flint is and has historically been faced with unique challenges specific to the City and it needs its own Representative. Based on the current maps, Flint may not have its own Representative. Flint is a community of interest that should be within one State House district.
Barry Brickner
As a former Mayor of Farmington Hills, I worked closely with the City of Farmington for what was in the best interests of our citizens. Farmington and Farmington Hills have been in the same Representative District for the 38 years I have lived here. This map splits a very close knit community unnecessarily. Keep us together.
Brian Everett Blackburn
All of Augusta Twp should be in one house district, Carving out 1/8 of it to be with Ypsi is not value added.
Karen Lynne Bolsen
Farmington and Farmington Hills are one community in many ways. We share a library system, Farmington Public Schools, and many community activities. When elected officials report out at public meetings, it is important to have one representative for both cities, aka school board meetings. The City of Farmington sits within the City of Farmington Hills. We should be in the same District. Farmington should not be with Southfield as it is not the same community.
Rachel Sines
The City of Novi extends from 8 mile to 14 mile and yet this proposal divides the city and places us in areas that have nothing in common. Novi is a diversely rich city that finally achieved a decent partisan balance. However, this proposal tips the balance in the Republican favor and nearly eliminates the voice of the our minority, and specifically, AAPI communities in northern Novi. Please do not cut off this portion of Novi from the city resources that makes us the wonderful community we are today. Please move the portion of Novi in 36 to 110 and keep us together.
Andrea Johanson
We voted for redistricting to fix the extreme gerrymandering that has given Republicans a huge advantage for decades, and that continuously hands them a ridiculous number of seats in both Houses that is disproportionate to the number of votes they receive. These maps seem to do the opposite and give Republicans an even greater boost. I know there are many factors to consider here, but since this was the number one goal of redistricting, this partisan bias should be addressed. Splitting Novi in the way this map has done has no logic to me. The current break at 8 mile that creates the small hamlet of Noville(!) makes more sense. Residents of Novi share school districts with Northville, but breaking Northville into 2 seems to be unnecessary as does splitting Novi! Novi reaches all the way to 14 mile and shares schools with Walled Lake. As many others have said, Novi has an important AAPI community that is likely to be disenfranchised by these splits. The logistics of having so many school districts, counties and cities on one ballot... a nightmare! Please reassess the boundaries of 110 and keep Novi together.
Julie A Argonis
Still very disappointed to see Novi still in two districts and the partisan lean continues to lean Republican. This is unacceptable, especially in light of the fact that the majority of the districts with a partisan lean favor republicans. This is not in the spirit of fairness, nor is it in line with the ballot initiative that established this district. Back to Novi, separating and AAPI community in north Novi with rural Washtenaw villages like Salem TWP, and stretching the district over two disparate counties like Oakland and Washtenaw is unacceptable as it drowns out a crucial, growing minority population's voice. Please, please consider putting the Novi area of district 36 back into district 110 and keep Novi whole
Ben McLeod
This iteration looks like a partisan gerrymander. No argument to include Albion and Battle Creek together can outweigh the argument to keep Battle Creek and Emmett township together since Emmett's economy, school districts and workforce are primarily defined around being part of the greater Battle Creek identity like the other suburbs in Bedford and Pennfield townships. The same can be said about Albion and Marshall who are tied by a uniquely diverse and geographically large school district that requires a representative to be invested in both communities to truly represent the area.
Maureen Cirocco
I thought I already submitted comment but District 5 , in my opinion should go North not stretch long ways. Could you please work on that thank you Commissioners and SOS !
Maureen Cirocco
I call it my vacation time in District 5 , not really . I had to live with sibling because of poor health . Anyway could you please work on that seems it would be better served going North a bit than stretching long ways . I dc advise living with my siblings when ill ,Thank you Commissioners and SOS.
John M. Helge
This map would put Manistee County in two different state house districts. This would make it very hard to support any candidate on a County-wide level. It is critically important to leave rural counties whole in this process!
Joel Rutherford
Just like in the Oak map, you're diving Warren in the worse possible way. Keep Warren together so we can get fair representation. Thank you.
Lisa Peers
The current District 16 extends from Birmingham to Detroit at I-96, which makes no sense. It includes small pieces of too many, very different cities and towns across two counties. There is not enough common interests in terms of business, community programs, infrastructure, public health, or education. It looks randomly drawn and gerrymandered, and I worry it attempts to dilute the minority majority districts of Wayne County in the process. This must be redrawn.
Nancy Bliss
I live in Bloomfield Twp and this district appears too far away from neighboring districts. I appreciate that Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb county leadership should be acting in a more regional way. I don't think cross-county districts is the way to do it, if that is the thinking behind these three maps. Southern Oakland and Northern Wayne districts as drawn, extend too far north-south, again assuring many citizens will not understand where their district begins or ends. Electors deserve clarity. Candidates must be able to reach out and listen.
William Asher
The commission's mandate was to produce district maps that were fair, producing competitive districts that would reflect the will of the people - not the will of the current majority in the state legislature. Please set up the districts so they reflect this majority.
Bonnie VanKeersbilck
This map favors Republicans in a Democratic leaning state. We need fair maps with no partisan lean. A minority government should not be running our state for the next 10 years. All voters need representation.
jean mary goddard
This map is highly partisan and leans heavily in favor of Republicans. This does not end gerrymandering! There need to be a better balance and a bi-partisan population included in the map. The area should be more competitive so the elected officials will be compelled to respond. to a greater diversity of political views. Change this map to be more competitive!
jean mary goddard
This map is highly partisan and leans heavily in favor of Republicans. This does not end gerrymandering! There need to be a better balance and a bi-partisan population included in the map. The area should be more competitive so the elected officials will be compelled to respond. to a greater diversity of political views. Change this map to be more competitive!
jean mary goddard
This map is highly partisan and leans heavily in favor of Republicans. This does not end gerrymandering! There need to be a better balance and a bi-partisan population included in the map. The area should be more competitive so the elected officials will be compelled to respond. to a greater diversity of political views. Change this map to be more competitive!
jean mary goddard
The problem is that these maps tilt in favor of Republican control. Aren't these maps supposed to be more partisan and competitive? That is one of the goals of the independent commission. This is not a fair map and should be adjusted to allow a better balance of democrats and republicans.
Lisa Ross
These maps favor Republicans by a disproportionate amount. They all but guarantee Republican majorities even though there are more Democratic voters in the state.
Jeremy Fisher
Please don't crack the vote of south Warren. South Warren has long had a difficult time gaining representation. Only one of 7 city council members are from south Warren due to gerrymandering in the council districts. The state house maps have made getting represenattion here difficult as well. You have a real chance of giving south Warren a voice in Lansing by merging the southern portion of Warren into one house district with Center Line. Merging Detroit portion of these two districts would benefit Detroit as well. Do the right thing. Give Warren proper representation!!!
Prashanth Balusu
Commissioners must apply partisan fairness standards
Spencer Gold
I have the biggest issues with the proposed house maps of the three maps being drawn. All of them would continue to heavily favor republicans and continue having gerrymandering determine the state house, despite there being more democratic voters in the state as shown by the most recent statewide elections. Greater effort should be taken to draw a fair map here that would more closely represent the Michigan populace.
Marcie Paul
These long narrow districts in metro Detroit like from Clawson to Highland Park or Detroit to Birmingham cannot ensure adequate representation to such varying demographics. Detroit residents cannot possibly get fair representation. On the whole, the entire map does not ensure partisan fairness and favors Republicans
Theresa Rich
The breaking up of the greater Farmington community, a diverse community in its own right that is presently represented by one member of the State House simply does not hold water. That district should have been left alone as it presently is. Instead, this map illogically carves it into three different districts. What is presented in District 9 basically slides together all the areas of more affluence, which is not a COI. District 5’s tortured drawing eleven miles across but only a mile wide in many places grabs the less affluent areas, dives across Southfield, and then reaches south three miles by one-half or one mile into Wayne County/Detroit. They are all wonderful communities, but there is no commonality of interest here. Please help me understand the logic here, as it was not explained during the drawing. In District 110, the map pulls out much of greater Farmington’s AAPI community, negatively affecting diversity. Up until this past week or so, the commission kept the greater Farmington community intact. That made the most sense as we share a school district, a community library, a chamber of commerce, parks, festivals, and parades. These crazy lines look like more of a gerrymander than is there now and were only dropped on communities in the past week or so. It feels like a bait-and-switch is being performed by the commission to chop up communities, but to what end? PLEASE…keep the Greater Farmington Community intact.
Katherine Dooley
The current proposal for Novi makes zero sense to how we operate as a city and community. We consistently share resources with neighboring cities such has Northville, Walled Lake/Wixom, Farmington Hills and Farmington. We even had a consortium for Novi, FH, and Farmington at one point. We have zero in common with the rural communities outside of our area and share no commonality in operations. You are also marginalizing our growing diverse population here with how you cut this map. You are cutting up school districts, and including counties that have nothing to do with our area and our neighbors. Novi to the north needs to be whole with the rest of our community. You are cutting Precinct 14 out of its own community. It is taking voters who are in Novi schools out of our community and right now that area also has the largest Asian demographic in our town. You will be marginalizing that demographic, which is very disturbing. I voted on redistricting to make people's voices better heard and the cutting up of communities come to an end. Why is this being perpetuated? People's voices need to be heard - not just two from parties. Make this make sense.
Brittany Pinnock
I’m extremely disappointed to see that these proposed House District maps still have Novi split in half. Novi extends from 8 Mile Rd to 14 Mile Rd. NOVI SHOULD BE KEPT WHOLE. Novi is not 2 separate entities and it should not be divided. The proposed North Novi District stretches to rural parts of Washtenaw County. Southwest Oakland County doesn't have any similarities to rural Washtenaw County. There are no shared services nor similar demographics. Novi is a growing city with a significant AAPI community similar to Troy. Dividing Novi in half diminishes the voting power of the AAPI community and other communities of color and suppresses important voices in democracy. Novi shares school districts with Northville and Walled Lake and works with Farmington and Farmington Hills. The proposed State House maps have put precincts 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 in HD 36 and the rest of Novi’s precincts in HD 110. Novi Precinct 14 has the highest percentage of AAPI voters in the city but it will be separated from the rest of the local AAPI community according to these proposed maps. Also, Novi Precinct 14 is the only precinct in the Novi Community School District that is not included in HD 110. DO NOT DIVIDE NOVI INTO TWO DISTRICTS. KEEP NOVI TOGETHER IN ONE DISTRICT and include the areas that border it.
Lisa
I agree with Sharon & Murray. These maps and the districts stretching from Detroit into Oakland County will impede Detroit area voters from electing the rep of their choice. As a commenter noted in the comment portal, it is much more expensive to campaign in Oakland County and this could impede many candidates from the Detroit area. Also, while you have drawn most of these districts to be democrat seats, the disparity between the vast amount of split communities and their economic, social and other needs may be so great as to deny all of the voters in the district the representation they need.
Murray A Gorchow
I agree with Sharon Baseman. The vertical Detroit to Oakland County districts seriously risk Detroiters losing or not having Detroiters in the State House. I understand the need to unpack the Detroit vote, but theses districts go to far into Oakland and Macomb counties jeopardizing Detroit representation.
Sharon R Baseman
All of the districts in SE Oakland County are bad. State House districts should not split communities, and this splits Oak Park into two districts, as well as Southfield and other communities. These districts should not go into Detroit -- it dilutes the vote in Detroit and creates the possibility that Detroiters will not have representation. The SE corner of Oakland should remain together -- Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, RO Township, Madison Heights and Hazel Park. These districts should have a more horizontal configuration than a vertical configuration as they currently are. This is also true of south Macomb County and Detroit -- they should be separate for many reasons, but the dilution of the Detroit vote and the possibility of Detroit having no representation makes this unviable. Also, as a whole, this map skews much more Republican and is not a fair map. This practically guarantees a Republican majority for the next 10 years. The redistricting of the Oakland/Macomb/Detroit area of the map needs to basically start over.
Adam Kroczaleski
This is a disgusting example of political gerrymandering that the citizens of Michigan voted to put an end to when they supported the MICRC. By cracking the townships of Williams, Monitor, and Bangor this board is making it harder for citizens to vote because there will be unnecessary confusion for voters. They won't automatically know who their state rep is because it will be different from their neighbors who live in their exact same township. You are splitting communities of interest, a constitutional mandate, in order to draw two sitting incumbents together for partisan reasons. Shame on you, this commission can and must do better.
Nancy Brigham
This is not at all what we in East English Village, Detroit testified for and want. You are trying to split us off entirely from the waterfront communities of the Grosse Points and Jefferson Chalmers where we spend a lot of time, whether it's shopping, going to church, or recreation. You are also splitting apart the Morningside community, a strong neighborhood with its own web site and newsletter. This ignores all the maps and comments we sent in.
Allen R Wolf
It looks like this map grants West Bloomfield's request to be one District at the expense of Bloomfield Township which is now divided into 3 separate Districts. Our local Democratic Club which had 2 State Reps to interact with would now have 5 of them!
Lisa
Still a terrible map. Disenfranchises communities and voters across the state.