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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.
Ivan Diaz
hispanic community has to stay together, this means keeping roosevelt park, urbandale and burton heights should be together. either expand 78 west to include areas north of porter and east of grandville or expand 79 east to include before mentioned areas
Sascha Crasnow
These need to do better to reach partisan fairness. Washtenaw county needs to be unpacked to do this.
Theresa Mungioli
Like the Senate maps, you continue to split up Oakland County into many different pieces and not with communities of interest. There are more House seats here than current. And each is a smaller portion of Oakland County further diluting the voters voices. Stop gerrymandering.
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
Peter Bane
This map is gerrymandered and very unfair. It returns a huge majority of seats to the minority party. Michigan voters sent a resounding message in Prop 2 that we did not want any more of this injustice. Polarized politics are murderous; witness the pandemic. This map has no majority minority districts; its effect would reinforce historic racial injustice by depriving Black Detroiters of their right to representation.
Sara Kravitz
This map is extremely gerrymandered and unfair. It also gives the majority of seats to a minority party.
Granville Hayworth
This map breaks up communities of interest. Keep the rural counties rual. Rural needs are very different that urban.
Carrie Hatcher-Kay
This map takes away the voting rights of Detroiters to elect a representative of their choosing! This is the worst map!!
Carrie Hatcher-Kay
This map is Gerrymandered and unfair, giving a huge majority of seats to the minority party! This is the worst house map!!
Margaret Schankler
This is overall the worst house map. This map takes away the voting rights of Detroiters to elect a representative of their choosing!
Margaret Schankler
This map hurts Black people because there are no Minority Majority districts!
Nomi Joyrich
Worst of the house maps. Hurts Detroiters
Gerald Tkach
This seems to be the worst of all your maps, since it seems to favor the minority party.
Virginia Preuss
This map is the WORST. No majority minority districts. Gives majority of seats to minority party.
Antoniese Gant
This map is terrible and hurts the black vote!!!!
Margaret Schankler
This is the most unfair of all the maps. It is still very gerrymandered with unacceptable majority of seats going to minority party.
Nomi Joyrich
This is the worst of all the House maps. Please address prison gerrymandering and use a map that displays partisan fairness
Glen Cunkle
This map is gerrymandered and unfair, giving a huge majority of seats to the minority party.
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 on overpopulated district
Margaret Schankler
Please move the prison population to an overpopulated district to address prison gerrymandering.
Pei-Lan Tsou
These maps are not non-partisan. Why are Democrats packed into two districts? In 2018 and 2020, the Democrats won Kent County. These maps do not reflect that fact. We voted to created this nonpartisan commission in 2018 for a reason!
Pei-Lan Tsou
Why is Wyoming split up? This is a strong COI and it is the 2nd largest city in the area. Many minority live here. It should be the focus of a State House district, not divided up. Wyoming really ought not to be linked with Byron Township. It is part of the GR metro area and Byron Township is very rural.
Lynne Muth
This map takes away the voting rights of Detroiters to elect a representative of their choosing.
Gary Stark
Why is the city of Wyoming split? It is an urban area that belongs with the more urban Grand Rapids, not with rural Byron township. Don't crack the Hispanic population of Wyoming, keep the Hispanic COI there together with the Hispanic precincts of Grand Rapids.
Thomas Vaughn
The Grosse Pointe were correctly mapped together with one exception. A section of Grosse Pointe Woods on its south end, Precinct 4, was placed in District 6, by itself, while the rest of the City of Grosse Pointe Woods was placed in District 4. Please move all of Grosse Pointe Woods into District 4.
Allegra Pitera
This map takes away the voting rights of Detroiters to elect a representative of their choosing!
Christine Barsy-Eckman
Forest Hills, which is part of the Grand Rapids Township is a very residential/suburban area. It should be linked with urban areas not rural areas.
John Considine
Wyoming strong COI and one of the largest cities in the area. It should not be not divided - make it the center of a Sate House district
John Considine
Cascade township is a suburb of Grand Rapids/Kentwood and should be in a district with those areas. The airport should be back in with the Grand Rapids metro. There is little COI with farmland townships.
katrhleen curell
The City of Midland has very little in common with the rural areas of this map and this map is leaving out the important aspect of political bias. this map would not serve its voters in a fair manner. The biggest reason for Prop 2 in the first place is to draw districts that do not favor any political party.
Teri Weingarden
This is a gerrymandered map. It hurts black residents.
Nomi Joyrich
worst of the house maps!
Laraine Deutsch
This is the worst of the house maps. It gives a majority of seats to the minority party. It hurts Blacks by eliminating minority-majority districts.
Sigrid Katherine Wittke
This packs voters in Washtenaw, which is an unfair waste of their votes.
Thomas Keskitalo
I believe this is a difficult task, but unpacking votes is important.
Shardae L Chambers
It would be nice of oshtemo twp could be pull in to city of kazoo and kazoo twp as they share the same values they shouldn't be lumped in with portage, mattawan & texas twp
Marilyn Daniels
And this map too is 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, (also a community of interest) of its own representative in the state house.
Zvonko Blazevski
We are writing 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
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 this map has the identical District 45 boundaries.
Lisa Marie Hock
I dislike this State House map because based on the current map, Flint may not have its own Representative. Flint needs its own representative; the city should not be split.
Jesse Chvojka
I dislike the partisan fairness of this map. Neither party should get an advantage in state government
Kevin Grimm
I actually like this map for Troy, but the problems elsewhere, particularly in and around Detroit are significant. The commission needs to work from the AFL-CIO Fair Maps Project Maps to get things right all across the state.
Ronald Parmele
This map does not achieve a fair map with close to zero political bias. I would suggest that you create the Midland house district like the Pine map #227. This would create more partisan fairness for the entire state.
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
Although you obviously have worked very hard on this map, it still falls short in the category of partisan fairness. Even your own consultant has told you so. This issue can be addressed by unpacking the Democrats in small cities such as Ann Arbor and creating districts that include parts of Ann Arbor and suburban and exurban areas, such as the U.S. 23 corridor up into Livingston County. Many people commute to Ann Arbor for jobs and school so they are very familiar with the area. Modifying Washtenaw and Livingston Counties would help address the partisan fairness issue.
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.
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!
Lori M. Ballard
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. Farmington Hills has a lot more in common with Farmington than Southfield. Farmington currently is drawn into Detroit (Wayne County).
Barbara Williamson
I agree with many comments regarding Farmington and Farmington Hills. These two communities should be kept together. We share a school system, library and many cultural events. Thanks!
Debbie Rosenman
This map is Gerrymandered and unfair, giving a huge majority of seats to the minority party! Look at the Promote the Vote maps for the State House. They achieved all 7 criteria and make them fair!
Julie A Ortiz
This map does not achieve a fair map with as close to zero political bias as possible. I would suggest you create the Midland House District like it is drawn in the Pine map (#227). This will help to create a map with more partisan fairness for the entire state. Please keep in mind the voters voted yes to Prop 2 and need fair representation in their districts. Partisan fairness is the whole point of redistricting and MI is 54% democratic vote. Thank you.
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.
Ardeshir Irani
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. Farmington Hills has a lot more in common with Farmington than Southfield. Farmington currently is drawn into Detroit (Wayne County).
Carol Heron
Normally I would favor this map. But it doesn't contribute to partisan fairness which the voters who voted for the MICRC are looking for. I prefer Pine or Peach since their political bias is closer to zero.
Katrina Bucknell
This map doesn’t reflect the needs of midland. Midland belongs with larger economic interests in more urban communities. We would not receive the representation we need with this map
Kyle Hoynacki
Farmington and Farmington Hills combined to make 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. Farmington Hills has a lot more in common with Farmington than Southfield. Farmington currently is drawn into Detroit (Wayne County).
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
Zenobia Lala
Farmington and Farmington Hills should be one district. We have been sharing the same school and library systems and several community events and want to stay that way. The two districts should not be split up because Farmington and Farmington Hills have more in common than with Southfield.
Katherine Schaefer
Farmington and Farmington Hills should be in the same district. They share the same school district and library as well as other community interests. Please combine these two cities.
Lorena Aguayo-Marquez
Keep Hispanic areas together. The Hispanic areas of Grand Rapids and Wyoming should not be split!
Sharookh Lala
Farmington & Farmington Hills should be one district and not separated as we share common schools and library systems.
Nancy Donohue
Don't split Farmington/Farmington Hills. Should be one district. We share school, library and many community projects.
Keara Donohue
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. Farmington Hills has a lot more in common with Farmington than Southfield. Farmington currently is drawn into Detroit (Wayne County).
Aimee Ergas
It makes no sense to split Farmington and Farmington Hills. We are one community with a shared history, one school district, library system and many cultural activities and services. To split us into multiple districts is a travesty.
William Curry Lodge
I would simply echo the comments made by many residents already. Farmington Hills should not be split up and FH and the City of Farmington should remain in the same district. We have multiple interest in common and have all been part of the same district since the early 1980's.
Christina Hoynacki
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. Farmington Hills has a lot more in common with Farmington than Southfield. Farmington currently is drawn into Detroit (Wayne County).
Christina Hoynacki
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. Farmington Hills has a lot more in common with Farmington than Southfield. Farmington currently is drawn into Detroit (Wayne 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 ... 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. Also please ensure Farmington Hills is not split in two in a future redraw. Thanks !
Anita J Mixon
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. Farmington Hills has a lot more in common with Farmington than Southfield. Farmington currently is drawn into Detroit (Wayne County)
Kelle Shawn Shepherd-Bhavsar
Farmington Hills and Farmington have a joint schools and library systems (and many community organizations). Both Farmington and Farmington Hills should remain as one. This separation does not make sense.
Patricia Ellison
As with all the other maps, Midland should be put with other larger populated cities such as Bay City and/or Saginaw. This map is not fair - very biased. Please change it. Strongly apposed to this map. This district should be more like the Pine map. Thank you.
Nomi Joyrich
This is the WORST of the maps. Unfair map and must be scrapped.
Nomi Joyrich
This is the WORST of the maps. Extremely unfair. Scrap this map.
Naomi Ludman
I must protest this map vociferously. First, it fails to keep Cass County whole and second it puts us with communities too far East. Cass County identifies with Berrien and Van Buren Counties to the north and east. But I must make two particular points. This map puts the city of Dowagiac in House District 81 and Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) in 64. The college is supported by and dependent upon the city of Dowagiac. The taxes of the county support SMC and the economic and cultural health of the two are interdependent. It makes NO sense to put the city and the college in two different districts. In a similar fashion, the interests of the Potatawatomi Indian Tribe have been divided. Their elder house complex is five minutes from both SMC and Dowagiac, while the tribe's administrative complex is about 20 minutes to the west in the proposed house district 81. Putting the housing complex in one district and the administrative complex in another is harmful and unacceptable. Cass County should be kept as one entity in one district, and one that connects to the north and west, not to the east.
Allison M Wilcox
I don't like that this map puts the city of Midland together with the rural areas to the north. I prefer the other two maps that put Midland in a district with Bay City. Please continue to consider partisan fairness for the state as whole with your maps.
kelly correy
This is a horrible map, you split Southgate in half.
Judy Maiga
This is the worst choice of the house maps for District 22. It should at the very least include Southgate. Please discard this map
Beverly J Riggie
This map does not achieve zero political bias. The map needs to achieve partisan fairness.
Ellen Beal
This comment is in regards to proposed district 83. Please consider redrawing the eastern boundary to include Fruitport Township into this district for the following reasons. 1. Fruitport Township and Village is suburban, not rural. We have 14,500 residents and our area is one of the fastest growing communities in Muskegon County. 2. Fruitport is part of the Spring Lake/Norris Creek watershed. Spring Lake is two blocked from my house and we often laum
Lynda Kay Magirl
I don't think this map represents the areas as well as the other two maps. The rural areas should be kept together and the larger cities of Midland and Bay City together, so everyone's needs can be met. Please focus on partisan fairness as well.
Anne Wallin
I dislike splitting the towns of Midland and Bay City into different districts. Many people live in one city and work in a different one. As municipalities with a industrial bases, we have many similar interests from public policy. I am unconvinced that the floods and watershed make a significant COI. There is more logic to urban versus rural interests when creating a COI. I also urge you to keep districts competitive from a political party perspective if feasible. Thank you for your work.
Tammy J DeRuyter
First, I great appreciate the attempt to keep Counties intact, however, while I respect that greatly, one might argue that the economic, social, and political challenges faced by rural communities today vary greatly from those of urban and even mid-small cities. Add to that, there are now dozens of initiatives all aimed at creating a “Great Lakes Bay” environment. For these reasons, I would vote against this particular map and vote instead in favor of a maps that address the Tri-Cities together (MBS) AND allow for rural communities to have a separate voting block to address those concerns. Much thanks for the work of this commission to create fairness in our regional, political systems.
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.
Janice G Goldfarb
Farmington Hills is split into two parts. Farmington and Farmington hills are split in two parts. They should be TOGETHER because we share a SCHOOL SYSTEM and Library System and community organizations.
Frank Lynn
These maps are not non-partisan. They pack Democrats into two or three districts. The Commission is supposed to be non-partisan. That is why it was created. In 2018 and 2020, the Democrats won Kent County. These maps do not reflect that fact. Please make the maps reflect reality. Don't pack Democrats into a few districts.
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.
Marsha
I am not happy with how 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, which again looks like gerrymandering the region as bad as it has been on the 2011 maps. I think that there are NO competitive State 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. I would like the commission to can fix this by doing these 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, and 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 I think are fair districts in the Lansing region should look look like: https://bit.ly/3j1Io63. This will also help your House maps meet the partisan fairness criteria statewide. This is very important and reasonable as your current maps favor Republican representation in the House by creating a 3 to 3 balance in representation when I know that our region is overwhelmingly Democratic.
Laurent Chappuis
Worst map of the three proposed. Would not lead to good representation, this is not grouping, but slicing and dicing.
Dan Holowicki
The Downriver communities in Districts 13 and 22 should remain together with representation that align with our interests and needs
Michael M York
The near west side needs to be part of the city just as the Near south side. This boarder to our south is too close and the one to the west includes suburbs that experience none of our metropolitan issues.
Franklin P Crownover
East Grand Rapids has more in common with Kentwood than with Grand Rapids, and should be in a district with Kentwood.
Franklin P Crownover
Ada is suburban, not rural. It should be linked with areas to the west - not the more rural areas to the east.
Franklin P Crownover
Walker and Grandville share services and belong in the same district.
Franklin P Crownover
Eastown should be with NE Grand Rapids, not western areas.
Franklin P Crownover
Cascade and the Grand Rapids airport should be part of a Metro Grand Rapids district - not in with rural areas.
Sue Macrellis
Jackson - one county, three representatives. One representative for four counties. Gerrymandering anyone?
Franklin P Crownover
The Hispanic areas of Wyoming and Grand Rapids should be kept together.
Franklin P Crownover
Wyoming should not be split up, and certainly should not be linked with rural Byron township.
Douglas Floto
District 33 aligns my neighborhood with the maniacs in Milford who sent busloads of insurrectionists to the capital on January 6th! Maps have to be drawn to isolate and marginalize traitors, not empower minority rule over decent michigan residents.
Suzanne Kinnen
I agree with everything Sharon Baseman wrote. This map is not good for any of the South Oakland county communities or the Wayne County communities they are paired with.
Judy Maiga
I have watched many of your hearings closely and I know how hard it has been to meet all the requirements of the new Constitutional amendment. I do not envy your job. This map is horrible, to be blunt. Detroit is sliced so much that it's watered down in terms of electing a preferred candidate. Districts can't be packed but they also can't be watered down. Please try again and look to Promote the Vote or other non partisan groups who have drafted maps that meet all the criteria for fair maps for inspiration. "A little gerrymandered" is gerrymandered. R's should NOT have the advantage on the whole in a Blue leaning state. Imagine the outrage if the maps leaned blue. We need to strive for better maps and that's not impossible at all as others have done it.
Christine A Lyon
I am confused by this effort to divide Berrien County by lakeshore communities and not leave it intact. Does this have something to do with the numbers of "out of state" second homes typically found in these areas? The tourism industry in Berrien goes far beyond the lakeshore communities and includes a large area of wineries and breweries that have attracted many to the area. Keep Berrien County whole.
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.
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
Kyle de Beausset
I accidentally marked "like" on my other comment when I meant to mark "dislike:" There should be a way to edit comments. Here's the other comment I wrote: Detroit should not be divided up like this. We need a strongly represented Detroit in order for the whole metro area to succeed and this divides up Detroit's power too much.
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.
Edward Clements
This map does not achieve a fair map with as close to zero political bias as possible. I would suggest you create the Midland House District like it is drawn in the Pine map (#227). This will help to create a map with more partisan fairness for the entire state.
Michelle Mormul
It makes no sense to split up the city of St. Clair Shores.
Soh Suzuki
This map, as well as others, are slicing up Detroit and pulling each part of the city up into communities in different counties. This goes against the idea of keeping communities of interests and respecting municipal boundaries.
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
Nancy Mroczkowski
Try to keep in mind the Common Community of Interest: Shared water, sewer, transit, waste management, economy, and culture. If you have to add townships, make sure they are nearby 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. The link following accomplishes these goals. 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
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 of Novi and school district should be in one district so our representative can work towards our common goals.
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
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
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
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
JOAN FIFELSKI
Eastown community of interest is with North East Grand Rapids not the westside of Grand Rapids
JOAN FIFELSKI
Ada is part of the Grand Rapids metro community of interest please kept them together
JOAN FIFELSKI
Walker and Grandville are the same school district and should be kept together as a community of interest
JOAN FIFELSKI
Cascade township is a community of interest with Metro Grand Rapids because of the airport and other share interest
JOAN FIFELSKI
East Grand Rapids and Kentwood are two similar communities of interest so should be kept together
JOAN FIFELSKI
Kentwood is a community of interest and should not be split up
JOAN FIFELSKI
Please keep the Hispanic community of interest in Wyoming and Grand Rapids together
JOAN FIFELSKI
Wyoming is a community of interest and should not be split up
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.
Sam Chu
All the areas in the six cities (Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville, Walker and East Grand Rapids) along with the townships of Grand Rapids, Cascade, Ada and South Plainfield should be kept together when drawing the State House maps. These are the core of the Greater Grand Rapids city and suburban area. Population in this area makes 5 districts.
Sam Chu
I have no idea why the district 76 extends east across the river into the city. City east of the river is downtown businesses, hospital and restaurants/entertainment-completely different from the west. Better to combine Walker City with Grandville City and put the area east of the river above Fulton avenue in 75 and south of Fulton in 78
Miriam Boelen
Cascade township should not be included in rural areas, there is nothing rural about Cascade. Cascade Township needs to be included with East Grand Rapids and Kentwood.
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.
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
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.
Charles Henry
These maps will never pass the political fairness test.....65-70% Republican. The commission has much work to do in this regard.
Richard R Meeth
This map does not achieve a fair map with as close to zero political bias as possible. I would suggest you create the Midland House District like it is drawn in the Pine map (#227). This will help to create a map with more partisan fairness for the entire state.
elizabeth mae beaudoin
Keep all of Novi together. This map cuts off a small part of our city and lumps it in with another district. This set up will dilute the voices of our AAPI community as well as negatively impact city be diluting our representation. We have a diverse community with common goals...our representation should be working towards the goals of all of residents.
Susan Anderson
This is an unfair map favoring GOO
Susan Anderson
Not politically fair
David Neubauer
Rutledge Township should be included with City of Hastings, we are one community and should not be split up.
Joel Ombry
Cascade and the airport are part of the Grand Rapids metro area. They shouldn't be combined with rural areas to the south.
Joshua Miller
Districts that extend from north to south in absurdly long ribbon shapes across 8 Mile Road are an absurdity. Black residents of Detroit will not have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice in these districts. These districts also cut across a number of different communities of interest. At most, these districts technically meet VRA requirements and none of the other criteria that the Commission is supposed to consider.
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.
Jamie Ombry
Cascade and the airport should be part of the metro GR area, not part of the rural areas.
Jamie Ombry
Wyoming is more a part of the GR metro area than rural Byron Township. Please do not split up Wyoming.
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.
Ariel Rak
This map does not achieve a fair map with as close to zero political bias as possible. I would suggest you create the Midland House District like it is drawn in the Pine map (#227). This will help to create a map with more partisan fairness for the entire state.
Cindy Krieg
Eastown definitely affiliates with NE Grand Rapids, but not NW Grand Rapids and Walker.
Brigit Macomber
The commission's maps pack voters together in Washtenaw and waste many of their votes. In order to make fair maps across the state Washtenaw, and other areas, need to be unpacked.
Geoff Malicoat
This map does not achieve a fair map with as close to zero political bias as possible. I would suggest you create the Midland House District like it is drawn in the Pine map (#227). This will help to create a fairer map for the entire state.
Cindi Holland
The lines between districts 105 and 106 are not adding up, you are 737 under the targeted population in 105 and over the targeted population in 106. To draw a more fair map you need to move the line to add 1k to the population from 106 and give it to 105
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. 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.
Angie Kelleher
This map does not achieve a fair map with as close to zero political bias as possible. I would suggest you create the Midland House District like it is drawn in the #227 map. This will help to create a map with more partisan fairness for the entire state.
Sherrie Brindley
Please keep Plymouth and Northville together. They are communities of interest. We (Plymouth) partner with Northville on so many things. Our Fire Department is shared. We work together with Northville and there is a shared history with Plymouth and Northville. These should not be separated. We want shared representation with Northville, please.
Jared Boot
Your maps unfairly benefit Republicans. Your job isn’t done until you fix that. The state house maps are worse relative to the state senate and congressional maps!
Linda Weaver
I do not like that the communities of Midland and Bay City are not in the same district. They are more similar than the rural communities around them and share a manufacturing base that binds them.
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.
Kate Shortal
Plymouth and Northville should be kept together. They're similar in every way.
Danielle Fergin
This map does not show lack of political bias.
KAREN T SANTELLI
I live in Cascade Twp and it shares a lot in common with East Grand Rapids and Kentwood. It really misrepresents Cascade to put it in rural areas as it is very metropolitan. Keep Cascade Township with East Grand Rapids and Kentwood.
KAREN T SANTELLI
It makes no sense to split Wyoming. There is a large Hispanic Community of Interest that straddels Wyoming and Grand Rapids border. It should be kept together.
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 adds undue complexity. Please keep Novi together.
Sheila Martin
Eastown doesn't match up well with the west side of Grand Rapids. A better fit would be putting Eastown with the northeast section of Grand Rapids.
Sheila Martin
The airport isn't farmland, it belongs with a metro area district.
Sheila Martin
Cascade Township is not rural, it's suburban and should be with Kentwood or Grand Rapids.
Sheila Martin
Keep the Hispanic areas of Grand Rapids and Wyoming together; don't split them up and lessen their voice.
Sheila Martin
Do not split up the city of Wyoming. It's the second largest city in Kent County and shouldn't be split. Keep that community of interest together. It should not be linked to rural Byron Township; this wouldn't be the best for either.
Patricia Robertson
Plymouth and Northville are communities of interest, sharing many common concerns, interests and issues. They should be in the same representative district
Patricia Robertson
Plymouth and Northville are communities of interest, sharing many common issues, services and concerns. I think these communities should be in the same district.
Pei-Lan Tsou
Ada is a suburban township where Amway head quarter is located, it is an affluent suburban neighborhood, not a rural one. This should be linked to the west with the Grand Rapids metro region. East Grand Rapids should be linked with Kentwood instead of Grand Rapids. Keep the 6 cities together!
Pei-Lan Tsou
Eastown does not belong with a NW GR district. It belongs with a Northeast GR district. I used to live in Walker/ Standale area. Grandville and Walker are very similar and they share services like schools districts and garbage services. Keep these 2 cities together!
Pei-Lan Tsou
It makes no sense to put Cascade township with rural districts. This is a suburb of Grand Rapids/Kentwood and should be in a district with those areas. Not to mention that they share the same school districts. Please also put the airport (Cascade township) back in with the Grand Rapids metro. That is the airport that we use all the time. It should not be in with the farming districts.
Lisa
Keep Waterford whole! There is no reason to divide this community!
John
Do not divide Waterford Township, as others have noted this is unnecessary and disenfranchises the residents of Waterford, Pontiac, Auburn Hills and Bloomfield. There also seems to be a concerted attempt to fragment Townships into Cities or a district made up of fragments of a number of Townships. What is the purpose of this other than to dilute the voices of the residents in these areas? Also, it is very telling that the only Township even remotely intact in the area is home to one of the Commissioners. Correct this!
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.
Tom
Do not split the community of Waterford! This is not necessary under any of the VRA, COI or Population requirements. This is completely unnecessary and further results in the splitting of the Pontiac/Auburn Hills/Bloomfield Hills community, which is also unnecessary, as the districts as originally drawn were VRA and population compliant and kept communities of interest together. There have been many, many comments from the residents of all these districts on this matter; this needs to be fixed!
Max 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.
Jenna Williams
Wyoming should be kept together. The Hispanic vote would not be represented with the proposed district lines.
Jenna Williams
Kentwood, Cascade, and East Grand Rapids are all suburbs of Grand Rapids. It would make more sense to keep the three together.
Pei-Lan Tsou
Wyoming shouldn't be split. There is a strong Hispanic representation in this area with lots of local business owners being Hispanic. Please keep Wyoming together. The current map dilute the Hispanic representation in the area.
Joel Ombry
In district 86 Wyoming and Kentwood shouldn't be together (see comment on not splitting Wyoming). It makes more sense to combine Kentwood with Cascade/East Grand Rapids. Similar suburbs. Thank you.
Joel Ombry
In district 79 Wyoming shouldn't be split. This dilutes Hispanic representation in this area. Please keep Wyoming together. Thank you.
Shuvra Das
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
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
86/79 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
Rich Thrush
Actually the county is 55% Democratic in elections for the last 4 years. 55% of the population divided by 91,000 people per house district equates to 4 full Democratic seats required to match the balance of voting population
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 as currently drawn is split in 2, and with Farmington separate - makes 3 House districts for a single community. 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. Farmington Hills has a lot more in common with Farmington than Southfield. Farmington currently is drawn into Detroit (Wayne County).
Patricia Dawson
79 I would say Wyoming should be together as there are many Spanish people there. Maybe need to add some of grand rapids on west side of freeway to keep the Spanish together.
Patricia Dawson
76 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
Pei-Lan Tsou
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. Also, 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
Maureen Cirocco
So, breaking up Farmington and Farmington Hills is just nonsense. I worked at Beaumont Hospital , before that Botsford. for over 35 years. Those communities belong together
Maureen Cirocco
So, breaking up Farmington and Farmington Hills is just nonsense. I worked at Beaumont Hospital , before that Botsford. for over 35 years. Those communities belong together
Aimee Ergas
Farmington and Farmington Hills are one community that share history, a school district, library system, community center and senior programs, as well as social, sports and cultural activities. We are the very definition of a COI. Keep us together in one district.
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
Kathleen Boettcher
do not split Farmington and Farmington Hills. The communities have too many shared endeavors including libraries and schools.
Debbie Rosenman
Too many of these southern Oakland districts spread into Detroit and thus take away the chance for Detroit residents to elect their own representatives. Please use more data to determine VRA compliance. Packing the Democrats together is giving Republicans undue advantage.
William Asher
You have several districts that are split across the county line between Detroit and Oakland County, line district 18 in Royal Oak. 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.
Bettina Brander
Please do not pack Democrats, Giving Republicans an unfair advantage
Joe Fresard
It's very strange to have the representative for downtown Detroit be the same as the one for the Grosse Pointes. Combine the Grosse Pointes with Harper Woods and the east side instead
Joe Fresard
Keep Harper woods with the Grosse Pointes and don't split up the COI's on Detroit's east side.
Cindy Weir
Midland City is not rural, and should be included with Bay City (as in maps Pine and Peach) in a State House district. These two cities have more in common with each than the rural districts surrounding them. Even though the shapes of Pine and Peach are odd, it is more representative as a community and political bias is closer to zero, which will make the district more competitive, and allow for better representation. And this is the goal of proposal 2. Thank you!
Cheryl Hayes
This map packs Greater Lansing area Democrats into three districts, which is not what Michigan voters voted for in 2018. Please fix these maps so Republicans do not have anunfair advantage. Thank you.
JoAnn Render
Please do not put Lansing and Delta Township in the same district. It creates unfairness due to packing and would advantage one party.
Telaina M Eriksen
The districts for the Lansing area are unfair because they pack Democrats from Eaton and Ingham County into three districts. This creates unfair partisan advantage and this is supposed to be a non partisan process.
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.
Mary Ann Margaret Idzikowski
This map joins Delta township to Lansing, thereby packing Democrats from both Eaton and Ingham counties into 3 districts, creating an unfair map. Please correct this map.
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. As a former school board member, being in touch with multiple legislative representatives would be a challenge to representation.
Mary Ann Margaret Idzikowski
This map has Delta Township joined to Lansing, thereby packing Democrats from both Eaton and Lansing counties into 3 districts. That creates an unfair map. Please correct this.
Ratna Rao
Don’t break up Novi! This particularly impacts the APIA community as P14 has the highest APIA population in Novi and it’s voice would be lost if dumped with other cities and county.
Christine Graves Klykken
This map does encompass the city of Midland and it's county, but I think that cutting off Auburn and Bay City is unfortunate. We share so much through economic and educational concerns that our representation should reflect that.
Barbara A Matney
This map for district 7 is worse than the last one. Why are you wanting to rip apart communities
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.
Lauren Lisi
I live in Huntington Woods. I am worried that Detroiters will lose out on electing Detroit representatives when combined with the white suburbs to their north.
Linda Lauer
Monroe County will be locked into Republican winners for 10 years with this current map. We have more in comment with the Downriver area, I 75 corridor and Lake Eris issues.
Charles Starkman
I am very concerned about the division of Farmington and Farmington Hills into multiple districts. The two cities are inextricably linked and to slice them up is not logical.
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.
Marci W
I am concerned about the way you have sliced up Detroit. Detroit needs to be able to elect their own Representatives and I am not sure they will be able to do that because this map has the city sliced up and put with heavily white districts.
Christopher Khorey
This map (Oak) does not work. It does not meet the partisan fairness score, and probably should not have been brought forward to public hearing. The final map should be either Peach (with the Midland-Bay City district) or Pine (with more representation for Ann Arbor and a blue-leaning Jackson district). You probably can't do both of those changes, or the map will unfairly advantage Democrats - but I see both of those ideas are receiving positive feedback!
Natalie Pulido
Do not agree with being redistricted into Pontiac. Keep Waterford the same. Do not split.
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.
Bonnie Jill Haver-Crissman
Originally I was content to see Midland intact in a house district which this map does, however, I echo Jennifer Austin and many others that fair maps are the prime goal. I prefer Pine and Peach configuration for that reason. Thank you for all your work to make the fairest maps possible.
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
Debbie Rosenman
This map packs Democrats, dilutes the voices of the Greater Lansing Area, and is a map that overall significantly favors Republicans.
Andrea Johanson
What is the purpose of redistricting if it just increases the partisan imbalance that already exists and breaks up communities into districts that make no logical sense? Novi reaches from 8 mile to 14 mile. Breaking it up in this way is confusing. It will play havoc with school districts. It will reduce the important contribution of the strong AAPI community in the city. It will favor Republicans in a city that has become more Democrat each year. I understand there are a lot of issues to take into consideration in redistricting, but this version of the map seems to make all of those issues worse. Keep the whole of Novi together.
Raman Sujata
Please keep Novi together! Novi is an extremely diverse community and splitting it up would adversely effect a large portion of the AAPI population and our schools. Keep Novi together
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.
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
There is no reason to split Waterford Township - Keep Waterford Township United!
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.
Mark LaChey
The Saugatuck and Douglas area should be included in district 87 as true lakeshore communities rather than lumping them with otherwise inland, rural and agriculturally based towns and townships.
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.
Mitch M
These maps seem designed to crack the Detroit and Highland Park vote. District 8 specifically appears to be drawn to ensure that Clawson and Madison Heights control the outcome of the Highland Park race. Similarly, District 16 seems to lump west Detroit in with Birmingham of all places. It is hard to imagine a justification for this other than to dilute the vote of Highland Park and Detroit with that of wealthy White voters who do not share their interests or needs.
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.
Julie A Argonis
Each and every one of these state House maps favors Republicans by a disproportionate amount. The purpose of the ballot initiative was to make this process fair and to take partisan thumbs off the scales. The GOP has controled the legislature for decades and now is the time, and we have the opportunity to make truly fair and competitive districts in this state. These maps do not yet reflect that. We are a leans Democrat state, however our maps continue to favor republicans. More Michiganders vote Democrats with dems getting more votes statewide, and yet republicans continue to hold more seats. Please, make these maps fair and live up to the promise of the 2018 ballot initiative and let the voters pick their reps and not the other way around. The Commissioners must apply partisan fairness standards and live up to the spirit of the law that was passed by 2/3 or Michigan voters.
Drew Jones
This map cuts the heart of Byron Township into two different house districts. Does that make sense? You've already cut the city of Wyoming up, why not just add the north part of Wyoming to the neighbor district and keep the Hispanic population together.
John M. Helge
This map splits Manistee County into two different state house districts. It is very important to make every effort to keep sparsely populated rural counties whole in this process. I am confident that the commission can do a better job of carving up these districts to minimize the amount of each rural county that must be served by multiple representatives.
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 are 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.
Joel A. Rutherford
I appreciate the commission developing a map that would give an opportunity to have more diverse representation, but this map doesn't help people in Warren get that. It is so heavily favoring Detroit that it isn't good for any group in Warren. Make Warren its own district and if need be go east but not this. This will only hurt people in Warren. Thank you.
Nancy Bliss
I live right next door to Pontiac, and I share concerns with those residents. I don't see why District 29 winds around the City of Pontiac out to Lake Orion which is much different. 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.
Jennifer Austin
Geographically this house seat for Midland makes sense, but if the overall map isn't achieving zero political bias I say go to the one with Midland and Bay City in a house district. I know it looks weird, but political fairness is far more important than how the map looks. We have lived under minority rule for 3 decades because the GOP gerrymandered the map so they could stay in power. There are more Democrats and Independents in this state and we should have a fair map that allows us to elect reps that work for our vote. Keep working until the partisan fairness matches the electorate of the state.
Prashanth Balusu
Commissioners must apply partisan fairness standards
Jeremy Fisher
Districts 10 and 12 don't make a lot of sense. I really appreciate the effort to make as many VRA districts as possible. However, South Warren deserves its own representation. It shouldn't be packed in with Detroit simply because it has a large minority community. The desires of the minority community in south Warren are not the same as the minority community in Detroit. While I do not believe that packing was the intent of these maps, I do believe that this is the outcome. The Detroit portions of these districts should be combined. Then the Warren portion of these districts should be combined. This would allows these two communities to have strong voices in Lansing. As drawn, there is a substantial chance that Michigan's largest city will be unable to elect a single person to the Michigan legislature. This is simply unacceptable.
Jeremy Fisher
District 28 is not terrible. However, I do not feel like Sterling Heights has much in common with Shelby Township. I feel like taking part of District 10 and giving it to 28 would make more sense than going into Shelby. Between the auto industry, the defense industry, minority communities, and general demographics, Warren and Sterling Heights have a lot in common. We also share Warren Consolidated Schools. Sterling Heights Voters in District 28 simply do not have a connection with that portion of Shelby Township.
Ratna Rao
Breaking up Novi is simply not ok!! Also, there is so much Republican leaning partisan bias in these maps overall.
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, this map provides advantages to Republicans although it runs counter to the Commission’s directives for partisan fairness.
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 that do not have commonality of interest. 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. Where is the commonality of interest? 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 overall. 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.
Carole J Chi
My State House District 25 seems pretty fair. But I agree completely with Carmi Finn and the Ellises that all of the districts to the south of me should NOT be drawn vertically--crossing county lines, but rather go back and redraw them from east to west to combine COIs! Macomb and Oakland County districts should not include parts of Detroit (Wayne County). And please remember we want maps with zero political bias. The whole point of this exercise is to rid Michigan of gerrymandering once and for all. Let's go for partisan fairness.
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.
Allen R Wolf
This map heavily favors Republicans even though a majority of Michigan voted Democratic in the last election. This simply is not fair and it isn't why we voted to create an Independent Redistricting Committee. I know the Commissioners are working hard and are under a lot of pressure, but we need to go back to the drawing board to come up with a fair map.
Stephen Finn
My district 10 and surrounding districts run too north and south and should run more east and west. Please also be mindful of individual counties and cities within the counties, and their similarities within and differences without. Very different needs and interests in many of these municipalities. Thanks for your hard work!
Carmela Finn
Yikes! My district 10 includes a tiny piece of Oakland County with no commonality with Warren or Sterling Heights and then dips into Detroit almost to the river? Why is this so vertical? By having all these House districts dip into Detroit, you're diluting their voice and creating artificial groups of voters. Please change this and try using a more east/west orientation. Please make sure that partisan gerrymandering comes to an end with your maps! Thanks.
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.
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.
Dave Morgan
Good Evening, Tonight one more thing was brought to my attention I did not even think of about the gerrymandered 74th District. The children from Albion attend Marshall Public Schools yet you have the City of Albion in one District, Albion Township in another, as well as the City of Marshall in another. But instead of having Albion and Marshall together which have a great working relationship together to the point of bring both communities together to share the same school you tie the City of Albion in with the West side of the county. The 74th District is the most stretched, gerrymandered District I see on the map. It makes no sense not to have both the City of Albion and Albion Township together with Marshall where the two communities share the same public schools. And it makes perfect sense to put Battle Creek, Springfield, Pennfield, Bedford, and Battle Creek together where they also share resource such as Police and Fire as well as the Library and more. I have said it before but you were put in place to prevent exactly what the 74th District is shown on this map. It is clearly gerrymandered and stretched. You can not even drive from the west side of the district to Albion without going through 1 and maybe 2 other districts. What sense does that make? Please do what is obviously the right thing to do and keep the City of Albion, Albion Township and the City of Marshall together and keep the townships of Pennfield, Bedford, and Emmett as well as the Cities of Springfield and Battle Creek together.
Barbara J Kramer
1. The MICRC has no one on the Commission who represents the Upper Peninsula, so there is no one who has a vested interest in the welfare of Upper Peninsula residents, 2. Proposal 2 passed by the residents of Michigan in 2018 specifically directed the Commission to focus on “Communities of Interest” when redrawing the District boundaries. Dividing Dickinson County, our “Community of Interest” into two separate House districts violates the spirit and the intent of Proposal 2. 3. Splitting Dickinson County into two legislative districts will increase the cost of holding elections to taxpayers. 4. Senator McBroom has concerns about the Commission adding 2.5 counties to his District. The addition of only Luce County would have brought his district to within the parameters established by Proposal 2. 5. The lack of Broadband or data in the Upper Peninsula limits the ability of people to make online comments. Also, they would need computer access to find out the physical address for the commission if they wanted to mail a comment. Public hearings required in-person attendance and often required hours of driving or access to a computer for Zoom. 6. There is a very significant barrier to accessibility because the MICRC has published the Redistricting maps in a proprietary format that requires the voter to download and pay for a $220/month subscription to AutoCAD. Only the newest computers and the most up to date smart phones can support AutoCAD. "Opening" the maps is confusing- there is no explanation as to which maps belong to whom. 7. In reality, the redistricting maps should have been drawn first and published, and then public comment should have been taken. MICRC did this backwards!
William T Bruck
The integrity and continuity of the County of Monroe is sliced apart like Swiss cheese in this proposal. There needs to be emphasis on community integrity. This proposal completely dissects the county into 4 different districts, none of which are in their entirety from the County. I believe this proposal is not keeping in the guidelines of the new State law. Thank you
Jack and Joellyn Ellis
How is this even a district? Why do these districts seem to be drawn north/south and NOT east west. And taking a small portion of St. Clair Shores out of the district speaks of the old gerrymander. Disappointing. We say again, keep working.....keep working!!!
Gregory Falkner
Why is district 6 even a district? You ripped East English village away from its surrounding neighborhoods! Just to meet a criteria! East English village needs to be included in District 4 now!
Gregory Falkner
This s terrible! Why would you carve out the East English village from district 4 and add it to a neighborhood across a freeway that it has no connections with? District four needs to go up to the I94 freeway not across it. Add East English Villneighborhood
Merlin Steffes
If one studies the representative districts in Kent County, one will notice that the 75th, 76th, 78th, and 86th lean democrat while the 79th, 96th, and 98th lean republican. That is 4 to 3 advantage for the democrats in a county that leans republican. Kent County residents must accept this disfranchisement for the sake of equality.
Merlin Steffes
The 79th is extended because the democrats who control the "Independent Commission" need to create as many democrat leaning representative districts in Kent County as possible. They must ignore municipal boundaries to accomplish this worthy goal. Remember, we are all in this together and equality is our goal at any cost to some people or most people.
Daniel Harris
Why is district 79 is Kent County stretched out to split multiple municipalities like that? Earlier drafts had all of Wyoming and Grandville together in one clean district, which is an obvious community of interest. It seems like the more the State House map gets revised, the worse it gets.
Daniel Harris
Why is district 74 suddenly stretched out across Calhoun County? In earlier drafts it was a much more compact district in the western part of Calhoun. Please change it back to the earlier version.
Steven Hill
I am disappointed in the redistricting for State House of Representatives (District 17 and District 56). This committee was set up to create fair and non-partisan districts; not partisan re-districting designed to help one party over the other. The communities within the new proposed district are not communities of interest. Agrarian communities and suburban communities have dissimilar needs and different policy concerns. They should not be combined. Your job is to re-district in a non-partisan manner which combines communities of interest.
Nancy Brigham
These maps keep getting worse and worse. Many members of my neighborhood testified about how the East English Village, Morningside and Cornerstone neighborhoods work closely together on many key projects, including developing the East Warren corridor, and are united in MECCA, an East side development group. But you are trying to split Morningside, a very coherent neighborhood, into two separate districts the 4th and the 6th. This is terrible! Please don't chop us up like that!
Thomas Heck
These continue to be very poor proposals from a Community of Interest perspective - having Monroe County split into 4 House districts as opposed to the current 2 districts which works well to provide representation to the county.
Lisa
Same terrible map; different day.
Daniel Harris
District 87 is a hideous looking gerrymander the way it snakes along 3 different counties. Just put it entirely in Berrien County and keep things simple.