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Sue Macrellis
As with Apple map, this map does not keep Jackson county whole. Combining Waterloo Township with Ann Arbor, areas with no common community interests,. deprives the people in this rural area of their representation through shear numbers.
Susan bologna
Troy has no community of interest with st Clair Shores, Mt Clemens, Clinton Township. East side communities should be combined to include those north and south of M59. There are strong communities that cross that M59 line in the east side. Troy should be included with a Bloomfield Hills, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills. District 6 as drawn is not a good representation of related communities.
Steve Dohm
I like the largely intact districts. While I don't think Ottawa county shouldn't be divided so many times, it kind of keeps the metro areas together.
Kim Gates
Please use the Apple portion for West Michigan/Grand Rapids in place of that section on the Birch map. Apple allows populations of color a voice as well as reflects partisan fairness.
Theresa Mungioli
Rochester Hills, Rochester and Oakland Township are not communities of interest with St. Clair lake communities.
Charles Hodgman
Kalamazoo is not represented well in this map.
Candy DeHaan
Jamestown Charter Township is a mostly rural community, with barely 20% of the Township being serviced by Public Water and Sewer and about 2/3 of the Township is zoned Agricultural. As a resident, I am pleased to be a part of the interconnected community known as Ottawa County, a unique Community of Interest whose smaller cities and townships share economic and agricultural ties. Jamestown Charter Township should not be lumped in with Kent Count or the Grand Rapids area but remain with Ottawa County. Keep Jamestown Township as part of the Ottawa County Community when redistricting.
Steven B
Please remove this cut out (Lyndon Township) and keep Washtenaw Co together. I see this proposed on many maps and strongly object. Keep the county boundaries lines intact whenever possible. Here is a good example.
Jared Boot
Madison Heights and Hazel Park share more in common with Southern Macomb County than Detroit, adding them to Wayne County makes no sense.
Jared Boot
Doesn’t make sense that Madison Heights and Hazel Park are in a Wayne County District, they’d make more sense in Oakland or Macomb
Jared Boot
Central Oakland County includes Pontiac and Waterford should be kept whole.
Jared Boot
Southfield belongs more with Detroit in a Congressional seat. Southfield is much more similar to Detroit than it is to the outskirts of Oakland County.
Leslie
This map is too favorable to Republicans
Shannon M
It is completely inappropriate to put Black/African American communities in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights in a district that is 90% White and so heavily rural, especially because of the repeatedly voiced concerns about disenfranchisement. It would be far more appropriate to put it with other communities of color along the lakeshore or in Kent.
Peter Bane
Central Oakland County includes Pontiac; Waterford should be kept whole.
Peter Bane
Doesn’t make sense that Madison Heights and Hazel Park are in a Wayne County District, they’d make more sense in Oakland or Macomb.
Peter Bane
To fix prison gerrymandering, move prison populations to overpopulated districts.
Juliet Hentschel
I endorse the birch plan, it is the best partisan fairness so far. Thanks for your hard work on making this fair for everyone.
Margaret Schankler
Please move the prison population to an overpopulated district to address prison gerrymandering.
Margaret Schankler
Please move the prison population to an overpopulated district to address prison gerrymandering.
Glen Cunkle
Southfield belongs more with Detroit in an Congressional seat. Southfield is much more similar to Detroit than it is the outskirts of Oakland County.
Glen Cunkle
To address prison gerrymandering, please move the prison population to an overpopulated district.
Glen Cunkle
To address prison gerrymandering, please move the prison population to an overpopulated district.
Lynne Muth
Please move the prison population to an overpopulated district. This is to address prison gerrymandering.
Allegra Pitera
Southfield belongs more with Detroit in a Congressional seat. Southfield is much more similar to Detroit than it is the outskirts of Oakland County.
Judy Davis
I am opposed to this map because it breaks apart the contiguous COIs of Black voters in Southfield/Lathrup from Oak Park and parts of Detroit. It essentially cracks the Black vote by splitting 3 contiguous African-American communities into 3 different Congressional districts, thereby diluting the Black vote.
Yousif
Contiguity correction: https://districtr.org/plan/71513
Yousif
https://districtr.org/plan/71511 - Here is a plan with 2 districts with majority-minority voting age population of black voters at 47.8% for each of the 2 districts. This will comply with VRA in MI requiring 2 districts with majority-minority of black voters.
Yousif
Here is a plan that creates 2 majority-minority districts at 46.1% while keeping the Chaldean district intact! This is based on Birch Plan. https://districtr.org/plan/71412
Theresa Nallamothu
Please put Clarkston/Independence Township in in district 3. We have nothing to do with the thumb area.
Peter Adair
Why would you split the counties up to this extent? Make counties more cohesive, give up parts of Macomb for northern Oakland County. Oakland Township is a part of the Greater Rochester Area, not the area in this map.
Thomas R Holdwick
I would like to see Tuscola County included with the Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair and Sanilac Counties. We are an Agricultural District and have many things in common with Tuscola.
Yousif
Here is an alternate version of the Birch map that I include Mount Clemens: https://districtr.org/plan/70832. This map is also good for the Chaldean community. Please use a similar district 6 to either https://districtr.org/plan/69597 or https://districtr.org/plan/70832 to give Chaldeans a voice! Thank you commissioners! :)
Charles Henry
Commissioners--you need to do more District 10 work on this map. A 61-36 advantage for Republicans is unacceptable.
Yousif
Please use a map similar to this one: https://districtr.org/plan/70686. I based this map on Mrs. Rebecca Szetela's Birch map. Please give Chaldean community a voice in one district! Include cities of Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Twp, Troy, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Shelby Twp together. That's were most of the Chaldean community are. Thank you commissioners for listening!
Stephen Stackable
As an independent voter, this is a plan for Midland city and Midland county that I cannot support. Midland city and county should be in the same district. The city and county have the same flood issues and similar interests with the counties to the north and west.
Constance Woods
I agree that districts should not county lines as Troyhas much more in common with cities to our west and north.
Yousif Yousif
Please do not disenfranchise the Chaldean people. Please use district 6 similar to this: https://districtr.org/plan/69597. Thank you commissioners.
James S Rodgers
Thank you for striving to make a balanced map. Partisan fairness and creating competitive districts will help create a politics of more moderation from both parties as they would have to appeal moderates, not just strongly ideological voters. Please work on creating more competitiveness in all districts.
Dan Luria
District 5 makes good sense, as it groups Livingston County with Ingham County, which makes more sense than including it in a district with Detroit's northern suburbs as CD 8 is now. But the map overall still has a partisan fairness deficit, as it would produce (as I read it) a 7-6 Republican advantage in Michigan's delegation, when the popular vote in years 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 suggest that fairness would dictate a 7-6 Democratic-Republican delegation. Thank you for your efforts.
ROBERTA URBANI
I urge the Commission to ensure that partisan fairness is addressed in all the maps. It seems that overall there is a lean to the Republican party despite the fact that the state leans Democratic. Unfair partisan advantage was the reason that we all worked so hard to pass Proposal 2 and to create the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Carole J Chi
https://districtr.org/plan/69987 is a much better Congressional or US House map that I've drawn. Please check it out. You've been told that your maps are good enough - but they still aren’t fair! The party that wins the most votes statewide, should win the most seats. Your maps don't do that. Your partisan fairness expert, Dr. Handley said that election results show that Michigan is lean-Democratic state. Why do all of your maps lean Republican? Your maps unfairly benefit Republicans. Your job isn’t done until you fix that. Thanks for working to fix these problems. Check out the "Chi map".
Carole J Chi
District 6 should include ALL of Warren; but cut out Rochester, Rochester Hills and Troy. Please stop drawing lines vertically. Warren should not be included with Detroit. And aim for "partisan fairness", for that is why Prop 2 was passed in the first place! Michigan voters voted for Prop 2 to END Gerrymandering, not to continue it. Thank you for all your work!
Laurence Funk
Niles must be included with the rest of Berrien County in ANY congressional map. Including Niles on this map of proposed District 9 would maintain some of the core constituencies along and near I-94 found in the current District 6, which I favor. But to put Niles with Monroe, which is 157 miles away, rather than with our county seat of St. Joseph, only 23 miles distant, is absurd.
michelle luplow
This looks like the most fair map for my area.
Richard Wochoski
District 3 should only be based in Oakland County and not include any of Macomb County. Oakland has a much stronger commercial base, is more diverse and contains more newer homes, all of which require a different kind of political and infrastructure support than Macomb County. It's newer neighborhoods in Oakland vs. older neighborhoods in Macomb. Better to have one kind of infrastructure to make funding easier and more focused.
Robert George Wilson
I do not like this map for District 3 because I think that Troy is much more like Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills rather than points east, all the way to East Pointe and the lake. I think the majority of Oakland County should be kept together and not split up to add to Macomb County.
Jason Behr
I dont feel that Taylor, Lincoln Park, and Allen Park should be separated from the rest of the Downriver community of interest in District 7. This map also puts all of Detroit in 1 District in direct violation of the VRA.
Tina Catron
I don't think that districts should cross county lines. We should keep Troy with the towns to the north and west in Oakland County.
Randa Cain
Northville is Wayne County and we share our resources such as our fire department with Plymouth. Our school district is Wayne County as well. The vast majority of us live in Wayne Co. and have common interests with our neighbors to the south in Plymouth. We have common interests, especially when it comes to Enviornmental concerns nearby. Please keep Plymouth with Northville.
Steven Meyer
This map does not make sense for those of us living along the I-75/I-275 corridor, or lakefront part of Monroe County. There is no interstate, or corridor, that links those of us in east part of the state with those counties out west: Branch, or much less, Saint Joseph & Cass Counties. This map currently splits Berrien County along the lakefront area. So if it does that, then the redistricting committee should show the same level of mercy to those of us in Monroe along the lakefront, and not lump us in with Hillsdale, or all of those other counties way out west.
Robert Dragan
Many of my fellow commenters have stated their objection to this map because it puts so much rural area into the Grand Rapids area which disenfranchises Democrats. Urban areas which generally support Democrats would be at a disadvantage so the Commissioners need to consider if they look at this map. One good thing is that it keeps Kent CO whole.
Yousif Yousif
Updated https://districtr.org/plan/69597. Fixed some Municipality boundaries. Max deviation is 0.09% the lowest. Asian community is at 10.8%, the highest compared to the 4 proposed maps. I implore commissioners to consider giving Chaldean community a voice in one district. Thank you commissioners for your hard work! :)
Thomas Mikulski
Great to see Troy, Rochester Hills, Clawson, and Royal Oak connected together - the economic and cultural ties between these communities is significant. I'd personally group Southfield closer to Detroit - these two cities share more similarities than the outskirts of Oakland County.
Yousif Yousif
Updated: https://districtr.org/plan/69582. Took Municipality lines into account. Please give a Chaldeans a voice! We have been in MI for 100+ years now and have contributed to the great state of MI. Chaldeans own 25,000+ businesses in MI. Give us our one district so we can have a voice please! Thank you commissioners!
Yousif Yousif
https://districtr.org/plan/69495. I updated the map here with the lowest population deviation out of the 4 proposed maps.
Yousif Yousif
Please look at this map. https://districtr.org/plan/69480. I based it on Mr. Anthony Eid's Juniper map. This one gives Chaldeans a voice in suburbs of Detroit. We are around 80,000-100,000 in my proposed district 6 of the map I shared. It also gives Asians 10.8% population share, the highest out of the 4 proposed maps. In District 3 it gives blacks 22.8% which is the highest of District 3 out of the 4 proposed maps. Please consider giving Chaldeans a voice in one district. Thank you commissioners for your hard work!
Marie Colombo
Hazel Park should be included with Ferndale.
William Asher
Southfield should be grouped with portions of Detroit. That will improve its Voting Right Act compliance. It has more in common with Detroit than parts of northern Oakland County.
Debbie Rosenman
Central Oakland County includes Pontiac and Waterford should be kept whole.
Diane Cloutier
Calhoun County’s cultural, social and financial interests reside along the 194 corridor. We have very little in common with the southern counties. This is a bad map
John Michael Elsen
Another horrible map. It demonstrates a lack of understanding of the culture of Midland. Midland is a city run on the principle of ESG. Midland is developing to the North and West. Saginaw and Bay City are legacy communities but does not reflect the future of Midland and the surrounding communities.
Dorothy Munson
Copy of my in-person testimony 10/22. I’m Dorothy Munson, a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, representing Proactive, a non-partisan, non-profit organization supporting underserved folks. We strongly advocated for prop 2. We are depending on you to make sure the maps of west Michigan are fair and they need work to do so. The best congressional map is Apple 201 with Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo in District 4. It best represents minority populations in West Michigan with 31% being non-white. They need representation in Washington. It has significant commonality including being leaders in education, healthcare and research. I have made more detailed comments on the map. Please understand that we are truly depending on you to protect partisan fairness. We know this process is most difficult. Better than what we have now is not good enough. We look to you to be our heros in getting this right and following the constitution to finally give everyone fair representation. Thank you!
Gary Garland
Not a good map, we have very little in common with the southern counties.
Kathy Garland
We have very little in common with the southern counties. We have stronger ties with Kalamazoo along the I-94 corridor. Please do not consider this map or any other that puts Battle Creek with area we have very little in common with.
Yousif
I drafted a district maps that represents the Chaldean community. We stretch from Macomb all the way to the outskirts of Wixom! We are around 160,000 people in Metro detroit area alone and growing! Please use either district map: https://districtr.org/plan/68270 or https://districtr.org/plan/68275. Please do not dilute our Chaldean voices! We have lived and contributed to MI for over 100 years! Please give a voice! We are a community of interest! Thank you commissioners!
Nomi Joyrich
Pontiac and Waterford should be kept together
Allison M Wilcox
Thanks for keeping Midland in the same district as Bay City and Saganaw, but it would make more sense to draw this district as done in map #237, which put most of Midland county into the district and takes out the part of Tuscola county included here, which has little in common with the other more urban/suburban areas.
jane scott
This is a terrible map and a dis-service to the residents of Midland City and the county of Midland. Midland and Flint have NOTHING in common to warrant grouping them together in a congressional district. Midland County should remain whole including the city of Midland and be combined with our true community of interest in our watershed neighboring counties. The project to re-build the watershed region should be paramount in the consideration of this commission regarding this region. Hundreds of millions of dollars and several years will be required to complete this process. We need focused representation to see this thru well.
jane scott
This is a terrible map and a dis-service to the residents of Midland City and the county of Midland. Midland and Flint have NOTHING in common to warrant grouping them together in a congressional district. Midland County should remain whole including the city of Midland and be combined with our true community of interest in our watershed neighboring counties. The project to re-build the watershed region should be paramount in the consideration of this commission regarding this region. Hundreds of millions of dollars and several years will be required to complete this process. We need focused representation to see this thru well.
Naomi Ludman
This map is totally unacceptable. Cass County on the west side of this map has nothing in common with the areas to the east. We go to Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Holland to the north and to St. Joseph (city, not county) Benton Harbor to the west. This is a very bad map as it puts communities together that have nothing in common.
Andy Helmboldt
This, and all three other currently proposed maps, lump Battle Creek and Calhoun County together with the southern tier of counties with whom we share very little. As previously commented and testified to, our strongest COI lies with Kalamazoo along the I-94 Corridor. There are other maps available that honor this COI. Please consider those instead.
Drew A Beckman
This map is moving closer to partisan fairness, but still does not reach an acceptable level of fairness. The Republican party is still receiving a disproportional advantage under these maps. From a COI perspective, I like that the city of Sterling Heights is maintained whole and is grouped with Troy. An improvement would be to include the city of Warren with District 6 so that they can remain in a Macomb County District.
Cindy Krieg
People in this area have connections and interests with Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo traveling the north/south 131 corridor.
Roger Rittenhouse
Areas north of Rockford and east of Lowell do not share common interests with Grand Rapids. The areas are rural and agricultural and should be part of a district that represents their interests.
Elizabeth Buckner
Northville has more in common with Plymouth than with Farmington
Dan Holowicki
The Downriver communities from Melvindale in the north to Flat Rock in the south have unique needs and interests that do not align with Detroit or with cities as far west as the Ann Arbor region. Downriver wants representation that would be fair to our area.
Herbert Schwartz
This whole map thing is so skewed towards D-party. I think I'll take my disposable income along with tax money and move someplace like Maine where they just pick the top vote getters.
Max Hornick
Kalamazoo does not belong in a rural district.
Carol Heron
While this map appears to encompass the ask for Tri-Cities and Flint/Genesee, I prefer maps 233 and especially 237. Please more strongly consider one of those two maps because they include more of Bay, Saginaw and Genesee County.
Douglas Floto
District 3 is an improvement over the current state of affairs, but the northern prongs tip the district in favor of Republicans and violate the COIs and the nonpartisan principles of your work.
Joseph Sova
There is no reason to split the City of Midland away from its county. We are connected via watershed to our neighbors to our west and north. The City of Midland is connected to the entire county, supplying municipal water, solid waste solutions, floodplain management, and healthcare. Keep Midland County Whole.
Suzanne Kinnen
Another map that cuts South Oakland County off from its neighboring communities in order to include the far reaches of Macomb County. We are not similar areas.
Christine Kosmowski
As I stated on other similar versions for District 8, I strongly disapprove of any of the map versions that place Battle Creek with southern, rural counties. It has nothing in common with them and has stronger ties with Kalamazoo along the I-94 corridor, which includes economic, health, social, environmental, and educational interests. Please do not consider this or other versions that place Battle Creek with areas of little common interest. This worse than our current district of being included with Grand Rapids.
Charles Henry
Your maps, even this one, unfairly benefit Republicans. Your job isn’t done until you fix that
Eric Ash
These maps still tilt Republican, in a state that tends to lean Democratic in its voting. The party that gets more votes should have more seats. Please work to correct the partisan bias.
michelle mormul
Warren, Centerline, and Madison Heights should be kept with Oakland and Macomb Counties.
Sukhvir Singh
Sikh Americans are a community of interest. Please keep Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Troy together so both Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) communities of Oakland and Macomb Counties are represented by one congressperson
Amarjit Kaur
Sikh Americans deserve to have an amplified voice in congress. Please keep the metro Detroit portion the same in the final map, specifically so the Sikh community of interest in Troy, Rochester Hills, and Sterling Heights are together.
Harman Singh
Sikh Americans deserve to have an amplified voice in congress. Please keep the metro Detroit portion the same in the final map, specifically so the Sikh community of interest in Troy, Rochester Hills, and Sterling Heights are together.
Cary Fleischer
There is no commonality with the areas in this district number four. How could a Representative to Congress possibly deal with all the varied issues of these diverse areas and with some legislative wants actual being conflicting. There are urban challenges and farming area challenges. A district around Greater Grand Rapids that is primarily urban/suburban is needed for focused representation. Key areas that need improvement are public schools and transportation. In urban areas there are more feasible efficient opportunities for addressing climate issues with electric power because of the higher density population.
Rich Thrush
This map just perpetuates the Gerrymandering that the district has suffered in the past. The large number of Democratic voters in West Michigan will be split so there is no possibility of electing a candidate. All districts surrounding Grand Rapids area (second largest city in Michigan and twice the population of Lansing) strongly lean Republican, so the only way to draw a fair district to give Democrats a chance at representation is to draw a district that includes either Kalamazoo or Muskegon
Katie Sun
This district does not give a voice to the largest minority population in West Michigan-210,000 people in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Minority issues of equal opportunity, inclusion and human rights will continue to be overshadowed and not addressed.
Sam Chu
As drawn, district 4 isolates the large collections of minority populations in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Kalamazoo (252,000 people). Their voting power is split and they would be disenfranchised. They have unique issues that need to be addressed – civil rights, inclusion, equal opportunity to name a few.
Bill and Karen Gibson
Regarding communities of interest- Gov Whitmer's plan restarting the state during covid, divided into 8? regions. Areas were chosen based on where citizens traveled, lived and worked. To me that would be a community of interest. Midland county, Saginaw, Bay, and Gladwin and others to the north were part of a region. The Tittabawassee River Water shed should also be considered due to shared economic impact during recovery. This will be a process for years. Yes, Midland, Bay City and Saginaw are the major cities of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Also in common are areas of major agriculture and rural areas that are connected to these municipalities. I do not see a significant connection to Genessee county and Fenton.
Dorothy Munson
As drawn, this district #4 is a varied mix of working class, very affluent and rural farmers. How is a Federal Representative going to service all their needs? Also, city governments operate much different than Townships and the expectations for government provided services such as schools, public transportation and police/fire is much greater in cities.
Kathleen So
I'm not sure what commission members were smoking when they designed this, but I sure wish I had some. There is absolutely zero community of interest between Battle Creek/Calhoun County and Monroe and whatever other counties are south of Detroit. (I'm not even sure what counties they are.) There are no commonalities whatsoever. Any areas west of Hillsdale will be totally diluted and ignored in favor of Detroit-area communities. This map is totally unacceptable.
Lisa Lamancusa
This map shows many rural townships in adjacent Counties and north in Kent County attached to Grand Rapids Metro 6 cities. The rural townships have unique characteristics, challenges and needs such as rural school transportation, well water contamination, law enforcement by county sheriff, farming subsidy legislation, regional volunteer fire departments, housing and education of migrant workers county/state road maintenance and limits on taxation. These characteristics are completely different than Metro areas-how is a Representative to deal with all these issues in representing the diverse communities. Need to redraw this #4 district to include some more urban areas.
Patricia Dawson
Thought the idea was that Ottawa County wanted to be together-why the townships in Ottawa in this map. Also, the Ionia County very rural townships do not want to be in district 4 with city people. There are no common issues or needs with these townships and Grand Rapids Metro 6.
Scott Weston Rose
There is no reason to overlap 3 counties with 1 district here. Please minimize county cross overs. Also, this will keep the African American representation from being lost. Here is my proposal: https://districtr.org/plan/47883
Joel Rutherford
Why would you take Warren and put it in a Wayne County dominant district? The voters in Warren, the 3rd largest city in the state, would have their voices diminished. We need FAIR MAPS!
Kuldip Dulai
I like this map overall because it provides for a better voice for the Sikh communities in Macomb and Oakland county.. however, I would like to see oakland township included with Rochester. We are rochester schools and rochester post office.
Nancy Mroczkowski
This Grand Rapids/Kent County map with the addition of townships in both Ottawa and Ionia Counties is a mix of completely different areas-high population cities and rural farming areas. There is no commonality within this area so a legislator will be dealing with conflicting priorities with the district. In this map, the concentration of Democratic voters in Grand Rapids (the second largest city in Michigan – twice the size of Lansing) is disenfranchised. The Grand Rapids area includes 492,000 people in the six-city area (5% of the population of all of Michigan) with 53% Democrats. This is the significant concentration of Democratic voters in West Michigan and it should not be subject to gerrymandering. All the surrounding areas are strong Republican no matter how they are configured. This map ensures that all the districts in West Michigan will be Republican and Democrats will not be represented despite their size.
Garian Cook
This current plan for 6th District that will be replacing the current 9th district is egregious. On what planet does Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and St Clair Shores belong in a district with Royal Oak, Ferndale, Berkely and Huntington Woods etc. especially from a communities of interest standpoint. This 6th Congressional district plan is for the most part just the current 9th district gerrymander with Warren excluded. The commission needs to do a better job of maintaining the Macomb County communities of interest, while keeping the splitting of Macomb County to a minimum.
Hunter Ihrman
I strongly oppose this map and encourage the commission to keep Ottawa County whole! Ottawa County is a community of interest. The county is unique with its Dutch heritage and vibrant diversity. Ottawa County also benefits from the Great Lakes. Even those on the eastern part of Ottawa County rely on the Great Lakes as a source of income or simple recreation. Ottawa County residents deserve a federal Representative who understands the importance of the Great Lakes and considers that while crafting policy in Washington. Currently, Ottawa County has a substantial voice in federal elections because the entirety of the county is in one congressional district. Splitting up the county diminishes West Michigan’s voice and leaves a situation where small business owners and local residents have an elected official who resides far away from the lakeshore and does not understand the importance of this natural resource. Please keep Ottawa County whole!
Lindsay Oaster
The proposed districts of this map have oddly-grouped populations with totally different needs and considerations. For example, in the proposed District 4, folks living in Grand Rapids metro have been grouped with rural folks in Ionia and Ottawa Counties. The only sense this proposed district map appears to have is in diluting any concentrations of likely Democratic voters and denying them representation.
Bhajneet Kohli
It does not make sense to take us out of Rochester's district. That is what we use in our mailing address. And I would like for Oakland Twp and Rochester communities to be kept together so we can be represented by the same congress person.
Joe Fresard
(c) Districts shall reflect the state's diverse population and communities of interest. Communities of interest may include, but shall not be limited to, populations that share cultural or historical characteristics or economic interests. Communities of interest do not include relationships with political parties, incumbents, or political candidates. (f) Districts shall reflect consideration of county, city, and township boundaries. (g) Districts shall be reasonably compact.
Charles Henry
Huron Co., at the tip of the Thumb, should be in a District with Bay/Saginaw Co. Not only do residents depend on Bay/Saginaw for hospital care, entertainment, shopping, recreation, etc., the area consumes news coverage from the Bay City/Saginaw media market. Put Huron Co back with Bay/Saginaw as it was a decade ago.
Jared Boot
While this map is better than the other congressional maps, your maps unfairly benefit Republicans. Your job isn’t done until you fix that. Your partisan fairness expert, Dr. Handley said that election results show that Michigan is lean-Democratic state. Why do all of your maps lean Republican?
Pei-Lan Tsou
I'm glad to see that the map kept Kent county whole but why is it including parts of Ottawa county? The farming community has very different challenges when compare to the suburban GR area.
Pei-Lan Tsou
Lumping Kalamazoo to the framing community is a mistake. There are nothing in common! Kalamazoo-GR is also the Healthcare Corridor: The links to the two important centers of healthcare, scientific research, and medical engineering manufacturing.
Pei-Lan Tsou
In this map, the concentration of Democratic voters in Grand Rapids (the second largest city in Michigan – twice the size of Lansing) is disenfranchised. The Grand Rapids area includes 492,000 people in the six-city area (5% of the population of all of Michigan) with 53% Democrats. This is the significant concentration of Democratic voters in West Michigan and it should not be subject to gerrymandering.
Pei-Lan Tsou
I live in Plainfield township. This map includes the urban GR area then it includes places like Cedar Spring, Sparta in the north and Lowell to the east that are farming communities. City governments have a much different challenges for government services than rural townships. Some examples are fire/police/emergency service, public transportation water/sewer compared to county/state police and well water.
Lisa
Clarkston & Independence Township belong in 3, not district 10. If you have to move a community out, keep Lake Orion with Oxford, Brandon and Leonard. Swap South Lyon and Northville. Northville should be in 7, it is not even part of Oakland County.
James Green
This map seems to clearly show that Warren was added to the Detroit district to make is seemed balanced. This does nothing for the city of warren.
David Puzycki
Why are all these maps so dead-set on grouping Kalamazoo, Holland, and coastal Michiana together?
William Asher
Please consider moving Southfield to the adjoining Detroit district, as it is aligned more with Detroit than northern Oakland County.
Joe Fresard
This district is so strangely shaped and doesn't reflect what anyone wants. Let Macomb have a district, keep Warren in it, and exclude Oakland from it
Linda Pell
There is almost no economic, social or environmental connection or Community of Interest between Calhoun County (I-94 Corridor) and the southern tier counties along with an economic corridor along Route 12. This significantly dilutes the interests of Calhoun County.
Heather Hunnell
This split in Lyndon Township is going to be expensive for the township and confusing to voters. If Western Washtenaw townships are going to be in a different district, the entire township should be moved.
Dr. Adam Duberstein
I agree with Jeremy Fisher. Hazel Park and Madison Heights have ties to Royal Oak, Ferndale, and Oak Park, and we in Hazel Park are now cut off from communities that share our interests.
Allen R Wolf
I believe Southfield belongs more with Detroit in a Congressional seat. Southfield is much more similar to Detroit than it is the outskirts of Oakland County.
Allen R Wolf
This map is moving in the right direction. Thank you for recognizing that the metro Detroit area has layers of Communities of Interest and that partisan fairness must be taken into account.
Christopher Khorey
Combining a few comments - would moving the funky Washtenaw triangle to District 5, South Lyon to District 3, and Northville to District 7 equalize population while keeping county boundaries in tact?
Wanda Eichler
Huron County people shop in Bay City/Saginaw area, use medical and hospital services there, and have many business connections in the Tri Cities and Flint area. It’s time to align Huron County with the Bay Area.
Lisa Kulawczyk-Pringle
Again I question the division down Livernois. Bagley/Fitgerald and University District/Sherwood Forest down Livernois are joined together around the strong business district along the Avenue. There are also historic ties between the Marygrove campus and UDetroit Mercy. Would this hinder collaboration and progress down McNichols between the campuses?
Christopher Slat
While the western part of Monroe County is mostly rural and fits well with Lenawee/Branch County and the others in District 8, the City of Monroe and the area along I-75 is largely industrial/blue-collar, situated right between Detroit and Toledo, and has a lot more in common with Downriver. It should be grouped with other Downriver communities rather than Cass and Saint Joseph Counties. I suggest adding Monroe to District 7.
Ben Umanos
This map does not represent communities of interest in West Michigan. Splitting Ottawa County into 3 different congressional districts is terrible. Communities like Jenison, Hudsonville, and Jamestown have far more in common with the rest of Ottawa County and communities on the lakeshore than they do with Grand Rapids and Kent County. This map would completely take away Ottawa County's voice.
Jessica M Swartz
This map puts the City of Kalamazoo in a group with no other even semi-metropolitan areas. We have very little in common with all of the rural areas to the west of us. It would disenfranchise the many people of color in our community.
FLOYD PATRICK
Glad to see Kent County whole, however it shouldn't come at the expense of Ottawa. This map divides Ottawa not once but twice! There is no logical reason a community of interest like Ottawa County should be cracked into 3 separate congressional districts. Townships such as Jamestown, Georgetown, and Tallmadge as well as the city of Hudsonville are economically, socially, and historically tied to Ottawa County. They are also agriculturally/farming based communities. Fix this map by making Ottawa County whole and making up the population with either residents from Montcalm to the north or Barry to the south.
Troy Heck
District 8 is too narrow of a district (mostly one county high). It would be preferable to have District 7 to encompass Monroe county and swap the western extents in the proposed map with district 8. This is principally a criticism to make the district 8 more compact.
Maureen Cirocco
The City of Northville is a part of Wayne County and always has been , why is Commission trying to drag it North ? Can we attempt to redraw that would be in my opinion what is best for their community.
Dan Wholihan
I don't like the late changes to District 6. The metrics may say one thing, but in reality it does not improve partisan fairness. 49%D to 55%D turns a competitive seat where voters have their say to one where politicians have their say. Geography severely limits the number of swing districts in Michigan, and taking one away is bad for this state and bad for the voters.
Phillip W Reid
Please take North Oakland County out of District 10 as drawn. This area has nothing to do with the Thumb area. We have more more in common with District 3 or District 11, as drawn. When we moved here in 1997 we were part of the District 5 which was represented by Dale Kildee out of the Flint Area. Our son went to UM Flint and we have had many associations with Genesee County. Also we have many associations with District 3 as drawn. Further the continued exclusion of Tuscola County from District 10 makes no sense, especially when you have included Midland in District 11 along with Tuscola County.
Alice
Refer to w6436 for reasons to reconsider.
Lisa Peers
I appreciate that Southfield and Beverly Hills are combined with other towns and cities in Oakland that share many issues, needs and interests. I also agree that Northville belongs with Novi in the same district. That said, including Orion Township and going all the way up to Holly may tip the political balance toward the Republicans and dilute the growing Democratic voting power of the region. I ask the Commissioners to consider this level of balance when creating this congressional district and others so we have more competitive districts that represent our communities of interest.
Jeremy Fisher
Warren belongs in with the rest of Macomb County. We are the heart of Macomb. This breaks up the Mound Van Dyke Corridor and silences the voice of Michigan's third largest city. Please use the other maps as a guide and keep Warren in a Macomb District with Sterling Heights, Eastpointe, Roseville, and Fraser.
Daniel G.
Very disappointed in Commissioner Szatela's partisan gerrymander of this district. As Commissioners Clark and Orton noted, the commission had been working to make districts competitive, but this district was changed not to make it competitive, but specifically to give the Democrats a 55% advantage. More Republican portions of the district were drawn into District 10 which is an insane district stretching from Western Oakland County to the Thumb in order to pack Republican voters. The previous version of this district were better.
Alexander Gavulic
I completely agree with Lisa's comment. Clarkston and Independence Township belong in District 3, not 10. Orion Township could be swapped into 10 (it has roughly equal population as Independence), or the Commission could remove Northville, Northville Township, and Rose Township from 3 while keeping Independence and Orion for a likewise workable population difference. This map is certainly an improvement for Oakland County over the past maps, but Independence Township remains part of the exurban Detroit suburbs, especially along the I-75 corridor, and it should be paired with its fellow exurban/suburban communities in 3 rather than a region it shares no interests with in 10.
Lisa
Clarkston & Independence Township belong in 3, not district 10. If you have to move a community out, keep Lake Orion with Oxford, Brandon and Leonard. Swap South Lyon and Northville. Northville should be in 7, it is not even part of Oakland County.