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Elaine Davis
Muskegon is diverse and urban, it doesn't belong in this district.
Peter Marsten
As a resident of Saugatuck, I oppose this map!
Alfonoso Jimenez
This map dilutes Latinos in Muskegon
Christian Alvarez
There is a clear north-south split in Ottawa but the way it's split here makes no sense and doesn't capture this.
Eugene Foster
Muskegon is a very diverse area and should be in a diverse district. Thank you.
Kendall Goodwin
Black and Hispanic communities are opposed to this map.
Gia Welterorth
This is a terrible map that disenfranchises our African American families in the Muskegon area. We have are distinct from the rural townships which are mostly White in this district. It makes much more sense to keep us connected to other African Americans in the Grand Rapids area like in Chestnut.
Hirak Chanda
While I prefer Chestnut, this map is better than Apple V2. I
Sharon Elaine Houck
The Birch V2 congressional map is NOT good because it does not keep Jackson County whole. It combines the eastern portion of Jackson County, including Waterloo Township, with Washtenaw county. Waterloo Township is a very rural community with no city water, no city sewer, no broadband, and no public transportation. Ann Arbor has all of these things. If this map were to be used, Waterloo Township would not have a voice in Congress. Please don't adopt this map. The Chestnut Map is a much better Map. Thank you
Sharon Elaine Houck
I do not like the Birch V2 congressional map because it does not keep Jackson County whole. It combines the eastern portion of Jackson County, including Waterloo Township, with Washtenaw county. Waterloo Township is a very rural community with no city water, no city sewer, no broadband, and no public transportation. Ann Arbor has all of these things. If this map were to be used, Waterloo Township would not have a voice in Congress. Please don't adopt this map. The Chestnut map is much better. Thank you.
Melissa Parks
I am in favor of these maps as the best options for Michigan and our communities.
Marie Johansen
I prefer Chestnut map over the Birch V2 map because it keeps some of the counties where Midland, Bay City and Saginaw reside a bit more cohesive. While I do not believe that voting districts should use county lines as a reason for identifying a voting district, at times, it may makes sense to keep geographic areas aligned. But this map at least keeps the small cities of Midland, Bay City, Saginaw and Flint together which is good, but Chestnut still is my preferred map.
Brian C. Alexander
It appears district 9 is grouping major urban areas with rural areas. The States constitution states that when redistricting that they group communities of Interest. Some tweaking would fill that statement.
Stephen J Young
Confusing at best.
Anne arendt
Birch seems to be the best choice.
Terri McCormick
At the very least, this line around Warren and Royal Oak need to be shifted to that St. Clair Shores and Eastpointe are part of district 13, which should allow you to include the rest of Royal Oak with Oakland County. This could be acceptable with this small re-working.
Michael Smith
We are a rural community and this map is better than some, but still goes too far south incorporating larger cities.
Laurence J Wade
I don't think this new redistricting map reflects our communities of interest. We are a rural and farming community, we belong with Tuscola county and not Macomb and Oakland counties.
Mary Elizabeth Harp
Again, a better option than the others but still not aligning with communities that my city has actual relation to.
John Butterfield
By joining Jackson with Ann Arbor in to one district are two very different community . Not good for either communities. Don't care for this redistrict plan!
Phil Marsh
While I can accept the Birch map I am not pleased with how this process has been handled. I expect this process to open and it has not.
Suzanne L Zavala
Again splitting Downriver into separate districts will not serve my area. Our cities have much more in common with each other than some of the residents in this proposed map, especially Detroit and the rural communities. Our previous congressional representation has been lacking in favor of Detroit for many years. Downriver always seems to be an afterthought. Please keep all of Downriver together as a community of interest. Taylor, in particular as the largest Downriver community, should be included with the other Downriver communities as one COI. This map will negatively affect our representation.
Lisa Lamancusa
Do not agree with this map for West Michigan or Michigan overall. Too many rural areas combined with city areas takes away the voting significance of the city areas. Go with Apple V2
Yim Kong
This map reduces the voice of minorities by putting many rural voters with city voters. The city votes where most of the minorities live are divided up in different districts to reduce their effect.
Jason Taylor
This is not a fair representation of Taylor as part of the Downriver community. Why would you break apart communities that are similar?
Marunur R Choudhury
On behalf of APIA Vote-MI Birch and Chestnut are the best options for congressional maps with respect to fairness and protection of COIs.
Elaine Grejda
District 9 is NOT remotely a cohesive community. Aside from occupying the state of Michigan there are simply too many disparate communities in this map. Suburban, near/inner semi agricultural, only agricultural, communities that support the arts and DIA and vast swathes that do not. If ever there was an effort to ram republican candidates down the throats of north Oakland County voters this is it! I'm sure the rural and east side communities don't mind but I see this as a dilution of my communities ability to have a voice in the US house. After being represented by Elissa Slotkin for 4 years this is a non-starter. There will never be a rep in this district that will represent my community. It is NOT POSSIBLE and makes absolutely NO SENSE to put anyone north of Oakland county into this map/district! Oakland township shares school districts with Rochester and this map separates us and lumps us with people that don't share the same concerns we have here in North Oakland county. I was hopeful this process would be fair for our community but this is disastrous. Beat farmers and suburban dwellers do not share much in common, except pioneer or big chief sugar. What the hell were you thinking?! Change it!
William Gordon
This 'tooth' in Washtenaw should be left in Washtenaw. It defeats the 'keeping districts square' concept. The population can be adjusted in Ionia or Shiawasse County where you are already splitting the County.
Sarah T
On behalf of APIA Vote-MI, I believe that Birch and Chestnut are the best options at the congressional level for protecting the power of BIPOC voters throughout Metro Detroit, especially the black and Asian communities in cities such as Detroit, Sterling Heights, Warren, Southfield, Novi, and Farmington Hills
Lesley Thomas
Residents repeatedly asked the Commission to respect COI by keeping all 18 Downriver communities In Wayne county together in one congressional district. Instead, Downriver has been divided into three democrat gerrymandered congressional districts. Two districts are joined with Detroit which, with the exception of the Delray neighborhood, does not have the shared values, economic interests or history of Downriver. The third district pairs Downriver communities with Ann Arbor, a college town, completely disconnected from our way of life Downriver.
Arend Gilligan
This map splits Ottawa county and lumps too many far away cities with rural areas. Looks like hints of gerrymandering just to get Allendale. One of the worst for common interests. Of the last four, only the APPLE V2 works the best for West Michigan.
Pat Dawson
Grand Rapids is in with farming communities. Not a good district. Either of these separate communities want to be with like areas.
Debb Knarian
I approve of this proposal.
Steve Fish
West Michigan is not represented fairly in this map. This is not a fair map for the state as a whole. The rural population included with the Grand Rapids city areas takes away from the city voice. I will bet that the rural population does not want to be lumped in with the city also. In addition, these townships do not want to be in the same district with Grand Rapids city. The lakeshore district is divided extensively. Apple V2 is the only map with fair representation.
Donald Mitzel
Northville, Plymouth and Canton have much more in common with Livonia. These communities should all be in the same district.
Theresa Mungioli
This map would be better if you added Oakland Township with Rochester Hills and Rochester. They are my communities of interest, with a common history and many 3rd party agreements tying the communities together.
Sam Chu
Not a good map for Asians. Combines city areas with country areas to reduce the significance of our votes and divide priority for our needs in the city. Also, divides the Asian population in west Michigan.
Bruce Roller
This map is not good for fair representation for the State or Grand Rapids area. City areas around Grand Rapids are combined with rural townships in Ottawa and Ionia Townships. Neither area would be represented well. Apple V2 or Chestnut represent all these areas much better.
Allen Salyer
Troy, Michigan belongs in Oakland County, not Macomb County.
Karen Lawrence
This is a terrible map for West Michigan and the state as a whole. It dilutes the influence of large population Grand Rapids metro area city areas by combining with rural townships in Ottawa and Ionia Townships. In addition, these townships do not want to be in the same district with Grand Rapids city. The lakeshore district is divided extensively. Apple V2 or Chestnut represent all these areas much better.
Paul Krause
I would prefer that the entire city of Troy be included in an Oakland County district.
Margaret Chinoski
There are few similarities between Oakland and Macomb counties. It makes no sense to combine them into one district.
Kelly Jones
I do not believe that Oakland County should be grouped with Macomb County.
Ashleigh Jennings
I'm glad to see that Troy and Rochester Hills have additional Oakland County neighbors in this district, but think it still stretches too far east when these communities share many more economic and social interests to the west. I agree with the comments that note this would be a challenging district to represent effectively, given the very different types of communities included.
James Kleiber
This map is not the best since Downriver Michigan is only in three districts. The Apple v2 and Birch v2 separate southern Dearborn Heights and Romulus from the northern downriver district. I recommend Romulus and southern Dearborn Heights to be in district 13. The Downriver cities are Allen Park, Brownstown, southern Dearborn Heights (south of Dartmouth street), Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven, and Wyandotte. Some people think that Dearborn Heights is Downriver Michigan, and some don't. Dearborn Heights is only 30 percent downriver since southern Dearborn Heights are only 30 percent. Southern Dearborn Heights is just south of Dearborn, north of Monroe county, west of Detroit river, and northeast of the metro airport, which meets all four commands for the Downriver Michigan area. This map indicates that Downriver, Michigan is in three districts. District 6 is all southern downriver cities (Brownstown, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Riverview, Rockwood, Trenton, and Woodhaven) and two northern downriver cities (Southgate and Wyandotte). District 13 includes Allen Park, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge. And district 12 is a western Wayne county district, where 1.3 downriver cities in district 12 (southern Dearborn Heights and Romulus).
Kay Gable
Midland County should be kept together.
Cal Morton
I agree with Kristine S Detmers comment posted in Michigan State House Pine V5 map, "... All these maps should have been drawn with a color blind eye and based on population alone! Gerrymandering at its worse!". The data shown in these maps should have only provided the "Total Population" and the "Voting Age Population". All other numbers are injecting race and ethnicity which overlooks the most important fact, "We are ALL Americans"!
Kathleen Goodin
My city of Troy belongs with Oakland County.
Earl Burton
This map is a little less partisan than the rest, but there is work that still needs to be done.
Sue Macrellis
This map does not keep Jackson County whole. Rather it splits off the rural eastern portion of the county and joins it with Washtenaw county, specifically Ann Arbor. You could not pick two dissimilar areas to put together. It would definitely leave these people without a voice.
Elizabeth Harris
This map lumps Troy together with communities to the east with which it has minimal shared educational, economic and recreational interests. The map would create irreconcilable conflicts for the resulting district's elected representative and should therefore be withdrawn from consideration.
Raj Patel
I think that District 6 is poorly drawn especially since many districts such as Salem feel more associated with south lyon schools rather than with the canton-Plymouth school community.
Dave Frey
Clearly with such large districts, many districts are going to capture a wide diversity of communities. Given all the maps I've looked at, and all the comments, I still like map 42172 the best - https://districtr.org/plan/42172 - chunky districts, follows county and municipal boundaries better than other maps I've seen
Ruth Kell
Oakland County and Macomb County are not really a COI. There are many business and educational as well as philosophical differences between the two and no congressperson can adequately balance those differences. My city, Troy, belongs with other Oakland County cities.
Carolyn Young
Previous maps grouped Southern Oakland Twp with Rochester. We share services, schools and zipcodes with Rochester. We should share representation. Thank you.
VANESSA MULNIX
Do not split off communities to the east in Jackson County.
Richard Michalski
Not a good choice, since it only creates one competitive district. Chestnut is much better.
Gary Stark
I don't support this map because it combines the large metro area of Grand Rapids with a larger rural area, diluting the urban vote, just as has been done with previous gerrymandered districts in West Michigan. We need a fairer, less partisan district that will allow the minority populations in West Michigan (Grand Rapids and either Muskegon or Kalamazoo) to be better represented.
Joel Ombry
The Birch map is bad for the region as it combines metro Grand Rapids with rural areas from Ottawa and Ionia counties that have divergent interests, it splits Ottawa county up and it reduces chances of minority representation. Please do not choose the Birch map.
Jeff Thomas
This proposed district blends metro grand rapids with random rural areas that don't have much in terms of shared interests, and seems designed to marginalize the voices of minority and urban voters.
Ronda VanStempvoort
I do not like this map. It does not keep Jackson County Whole. It separates a group of rural voters from others who need to be represented and will be overrun by the suburban voters of Ann Arbor.
Paul Hauglie
I dislike this map it does not keep Jackson county whole.
Anna Hicks
This map splits off a rural section of Jackson County that will not be represented by being combined with the city of Ann Arobr. Don't divide Jackson County!!
Richard Wochoski
I don't know why this map continues to be proposed. For District 10, it has gotten nothing but unfavorable votes. In fact, for all the districts it is unfavorable. This is clearly a gerrymandered map looking to water down Democratic voters by placing them in overwhelmingly Republican regions. Please stop pushing this map!
David J Houck
Makes no sense to have Waterloo recreation area lumped in the same district as Ann Arbor.
Lindsey Brayton
This map is not balanced and unfairly represents urban areas
Jennifer Tozer
Crawford and Roscommon counties need to be together. The village of Roscommon is compiled of citizens from both counties. I have a Roscommon address, my kids go to Roscommon schools and I utilize things such as the Roscommon Library. The town is only a mile from my house yet I live in Crawford county so I have no voting opportunity in the town I live in. If I literally moved across the street, I would live in Roscommon county.
Brian Boyer
This proposed map unnecessarily divides up the eastern side of Jackson County splitting up our current Community of Interest.
Doug Swartz
The Birch V2 congressional map does not keep the counties whole. It instead combines the eastern portion of Jackson County with Washtenaw County. Please do not adopt this map. The alternate Chestnut congressional map keeps the counties more whole and as such is the best option. Thank you.
Bill Richardson
I do not like the Birch V2 congressional map because it does not keep Jackson County whole. It combines the eastern portion of Jackson County, including Waterloo Township, with Washtenaw county. Waterloo Township is a very rural community with no city water, no city sewer, no broadband, and no public transportation. Ann Arbor has all of these things. If this map were to be used, Waterloo Township would not have a voice in Congress. Please don't adopt this map. The Chestnut map is much better. Thank you.
Patrice Johnson
I do not like the Birch V2 congressional map. It does not keep Jackson County whole. It combines the eastern portion of Jackson County, including Waterloo Township, with Washtenaw county. Waterloo Township is a very rural community with no city water, no city sewer, no broadband, and no public transportation. Ann Arbor has all of these things. If this map were to be used, Waterloo Township would not have a voice in Congress. Please don't adopt this map. The Chestnut map is much better. Thank you.
Laurie E.
This map joins Troy with communities way too far to the east, communities with which Troy has really nothing in common. I agree completely with the earlier comment that placing Troy (and Rochester) with Eastpointe and Roseville makes no sense and would be a near impossible district for a representative to actually represent given the differences in the communities. It is good to bring Troy, Rochester, Clawson, Royal Oak together, but it makes no sense to push so far east with this district. The Oakland County jurisdictions belong with communities more to the west and south than the east and north. This map should not remain in consideration.
Jackie Leslie
This map not good for Waterloo and Grass Lake communities.
Jennifer Biddinger
This map removes our valued Waterloo and Grass Lake communities.
Bernard Allore
City folks don't understand the issues and needs of farming communities. This map lumps urban and rural areas together and this will leave farmers without a voice because there is such a lack of ties to agriculture today. Please keep Jackson County together in one district. I am a senior citizen and I rely on services in my community of Jackson. Thank you.
Barbara Dame
This map does not solve the issue of gerrymandering. Districts are not being shifted based on the communities of interest that each area serves.
Daniel Harris
District 10 could be kept entirely in Macomb and 9 could take more of northern Oakland with 11 taking on the southern areas of Oakland from 10. It makes no sense from a community of interest standpoint to have 3 districts crossing Dequindre Road between Oakland and Macomb.
Caron Maria Wootten
The Birch V2 congressional map disregards keeping our county intact and pushes our neighbors to the east away. These neighborhoods are the school districts our children are friendly rivals with and promote healthy athletic rivalry and communities. They are also the friendly rivals that when one falls, due to serious injury or illness are the schools that are the 1st one to come to aide. Our community of interest would be better reflected with the inclusion of Lenawee County vs Calhoun.
Shannon Moore
This is the worst map of all for Muskegon and Muskegon Heights. It places us in a heavily white, rural, mid-Michigan focused district. We have no shared interests with the rest of this district and it would disenfranchise our Black and Latino voters.
Cynthia Richardson
I do not like the Birch V2 congressional map because it does not keep Jackson County whole. It combines the eastern portion of Jackson County, including Waterloo Township, with Washtenaw county. Waterloo Township is a very rural community with no city water, no city sewer, no broadband, and no public transportation. Ann Arbor has all of these things. If this map were to be used, Waterloo Township would not have a voice in Congress. Please don't adopt this map. The Chestnut map is much better. Thank you.
Mathias Michaelis
This map cuts off half of Borculo and groups it with Muskegon and Grand Haven. From my experience Borculo is more culturally homogenous with the Zeeland area.
Bill Richardson
I do not like the Birch V2 congressional map because it does not keep Jackson County whole. It combines the eastern portion of Jackson County, including Waterloo Township, with Washtenaw county. Waterloo Township is a very rural community, with no city water, city sewer, no broadband, and no public transportation. Ann Arbor has all of these things. If this map were to be used, Waterloo Township would not have a voice in Congress. Please don't adopt this map. The Chestnut map is much better. Thank you.
Sarah Torres
This map is a good start for the tri-cities. However, Freeland, Saginaw, and Hemlock should all be together with the rest of the nearby counties. On other maps, you have cut off Saginaw Township at the McCarty Road line and that would be gerrymandering -- not fair at all. If this map is not adopted, PLEASE reconsider making the dividing line further north. All of Saginaw needs to be lumped together with Freeland, Hemlock, and and the surrounding areas. Our community is culturally and ethnically diverse, and to divide Saginaw up would be unfair to all involved! Thank you.
TIMOTHY DEBLAEY
Good Lord, no! Muskegon has no common interests or needs with the mid state counties.
ED BLISSICK
Western Washtenaw and Eastern Jackson county should not be lumped in with Ann Arbor and eastern Washtenaw county. These are communities of interest that do not support the policies of eastern Washtenaw county and belong in district 5 or 7.
Mary Colliflower
I oppose this map as it divides the lakeshore communities and is less fair and more biased than other proposed maps.
Craig Michael Flietstra
Dividing Ottawa Count into three different districts makes no sense. I believe it's in everyone's best interest to keep the lake shore counties whole in the same district.
Patrick Maguire
Salem Township should be associated with Lyon Twp and South Lyon, as opposed to Ann Arbor, Plymouth and Northville. The majority of Salem Twp is South Lyon Schools. Most residents of the township would consider themselves part of the South Lyon area (especially since most have a South Lyon address). They go to South Lyon/Lyon Township for shopping, dining, church, etc.
Mary J Quehl
I keep seeing comments from citizens from Flint, Saginaw, and Bay City stating that they think this map is the most fair and that they believe that Midland should be included in with Flint. However mostly all red dots from Midland. This could be no further from the truth. Flint has a population of 100K and Midland 40K. Flint has a totally different COI than Midland. They have issues that need representation totally different than Midland. They need drinking water fixed, while we need the ongoing 10 year project of dam, infrastructure, home and business property damage and repair which is ongoing and is in need of massive funding. The Detroit News just had an article that shows the COI of Midland and Gladwin on the flood of 2020 and funding that was just given. We are no where near the total that will be needed. Similarly Flint with their drinking water issue. We honestly have nothing in common with Flint other than both cities are located in Michigan. We do have much in common with Gladwin County and Midland County. So why would you split us apart. Especially from Midland County. Just not right.
Anthony Scannell
An afterthought
Linda J Pell
Keeping counties whole is one of the last criteria in the constitutional ranking and should not be the determining criteria. Calhoun County's economy, education, health and social construct follows I-94 and attaching us to the counties to the south makes no sense. This map is a disservice to Calhoun County.
David L Russcher
This is a bad map for Ottawa county, it splits the county in half and separates it communities. Do not implement this map. Thanks
Dave S.
Apple V2 is the best map. Rochester Hills shouldnt be with Royal Oak.
Timothy Koschmann
By this proposal Muskegon is placed in a R+30 district, once again losing its voice as a discrete community. This is actually a step backward from the old, Republican-crafted District 2.
Joe Fresard
This district looks gerrymandered, it's not compact, doesn't have any respect for municipal boundaries, and cuts up many expressed communities of interest
Tim Eder
This map makes no sense for Lyndon township, Washtenaw County because it splits the township in 2. This would significantly add to the costs of elections for the township and makes no sense for the community. Please keep Lyndon whole, and with the rest of Washtenaw county, like the Chestnut map.
Peyton Ball
Hemlock belongs with the rest of Saginaw.
John J Michalski
This map no sense as you cut a vertical slice into Tilch. Where part of the sub is in one district and the rest of the sub district divided on Tilch
Dennis Quehl
I got on this site today and I see that the majority of opinions are DISLIKE seen all across the state. It is time to go back to the drawing board. Just because the deadline is approaching, do not say that this is "good enough". Midland and Midland County should not be separated, and there is no way that the city of Midland, which has NO metropolitan look or feel, should be lumped into a large metro city like Flint. I would ask each commissioner to remember the public meeting in Midland and compare it to the one in Flint. I think everyone would agree that Midland has no geographic or COI with Flint. It is very obvious. Please create a map that is fair for Midland.
Mary J Quehl
I once again see a majority of dislikes on this map. Most all of Midland and Midland County residents continue to dislike this map and are requesting that a map be designed that shows representation for us. This has been done for many other areas. Our voices continue to be dismissed – please give Midland a congressional district that puts Midland back together and in a separate district from Flint. Our communities are vastly different. Why is there no alternative map that provides this option for the public’s consideration? I oppose this map as is.
Kim S Nagy
Splitting Ottawa County into three congressional districts is unacceptable. Other maps are much more reflective of COI.
Chris Roosen
District 6 is very poorly drawn and seems to be only an afterthought made up of "what was left over," not taking any communities of interest into account. From Grosse Isle in the Detroit River in Wayne County, to Jackson County 66 miles away in the west, these communities have nothing in common. Please do better.
Lynn Peterson
Splitting communities instead of working in community groups, Makes sense only if you are trying to dilute the community vote
Clifford Trent Broussard
I am opposed to this proposal. It hurts Ottawa County.
Kevin Becker
I do not favor this districting proposal, as it divides Ottawa County in ways that would be detrimental to community cohesion.
Sky Tate
I really don't see how Harrison Twp should be in the same district as Port Austin. We need to be in with St Clair Shores or Mt Clemens. We are not a farming community.
Sharon VanderBoon
Birch DOES NOT MAKE SENSE. By separating Ottawa County, you are separating communities, often right through the center of commercial areas and more. It places townships that identify commercially and culturally with the Lakeshore, into districts dominated by urban Grand Rapids, Saginaw Bay, or Kalamazoo. This is unacceptable for the fastest-growing county in Michigan. It goes against our traditions for generations and cracks our community three ways!
Dennis Quehl
WOW Eldridge Gerry from 1812 would state that this is a perfect example of the word that was named after him. Gerrymandering. Nice compact map except for that little area, kind of like a "bump out" on a trailer,... called the city of Midland that got plucked out of it's real neighbors in Midland County and Gladwin County. I would encourage everyone to read the Detroit News article from Nov. 1 article that discusses yet more proof that Midland and Gladwin should be kept together. It is somewhat scary to me that even the democrats in our area want Midland and Gladwin's voice cut off to the point that they are willing to let their fellow residents not get the financial help that is needed. They are willing to sell out their neighbors so that our vote can be diluted by adding us to Flint. It would be interesting to see If they were that bold that they would take out a page in the Midland Daily News and state this in a more public forum : ‘Feds award Midland, Gladwin region $54M to aid in flood recovery, mitigation’. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/11/01/midland-gladwin-region-awarded-54-m-aid-flood-recovery-mitigation/6231480001/. Again per the top seven categories that the commission is supposed to be using we have #2 geographic contiguity (ps. Look at a map and you will see the City of Midland, Midland County and Gladwin County are neighbors, not Flint); #3 Community of Interest as we have the "realistically over 10 years" to see total recovery from the dams and damage; and #6 maps shall reflect consideration of city and county boundaries (ps. Midland and Midland County are right next to each other). Again, the only reason to put us in Flint is to take away and dilute our voice. Time to take us into consideration as has been done for the democrats in Detroit and other areas. We had a good map once in the beginning, then it got taken off and disappeared.
merlin steffes
PS, I live in NE Ottawa which has more in common with Kent/GR than SW Ottawa/ Holland. Ask people in NE Ottawa were they travel to more - GR or Holland. The answer will be GR.
merlin steffes
PS, I live in NE Ottawa which has more in common with Kent/GR than SE Ottawa/ Holland. Ask people in NE Ottawa were they travel to more - GR or Holland. The answer will be GR.
merlin steffes
The birch is the best map of the three ugly pigs. Makes more sense to have part of Ottawa and Ionia with Kent than Muskegon or Kalamazoo.
Shannon Schuiteboer-Blackman
This is not a good map and does not represent the citizens of Ottawa County!
John G Partyka
The Birch V2 map makes no sense. By dividing Ottawa County, communities are being separated, often right through the center of commercial areas and more. It places townships that identify commercially and culturally with the Lakeshore, into districts dominated by urban Grand Rapids, Saginaw Bay, or Kalamazoo. This is unacceptable for the fastest-growing county in Michigan. It goes against our traditions for generations and divides our community three ways.
Mihai Craioveanu
By separating Ottawa County, you are separating communities, often right through the center of commercial areas and more. It places townships that identify commercially and culturally with the Lakeshore, into districts dominated by urban Grand Rapids, Saginaw Bay, or Kalamazoo. This is unacceptable for the fastest-growing county in Michigan. It goes against our traditions for generations and cracks our community three ways!
Cheryl A. Porter
Not a good map for Ottawa county.
Terri McCormick
Troy and Rochester do not make sense to lump through Macomb County all the way to St. Clair Shores and Eastpointe, as well as up to Romeo. Troy has a large diverse population whose voices will be drowned out with this configuration. This is not a fair map for these voters.
Josh Veurink
Not a good map for Ottawa county. The way it's drawn for Kent county is good, however.
Lisa
District 9 is ridiculous. It is nothing more than packing a district with Republican votes. The various communities shoved into this district have little in common and would not have adequate representation for A DECADE under this map. Stop with the political gerrymandering and do your job!
Jim Wilson
This is ridiculously gerrymandered.
Michael Beukema
Birch does not make sense do not break up Ottawa county
Toni Wilson
nope
Dean E Clement
Birch DOES NOT MAKE SENSE. By separating Ottawa County, you are separating communities, often right through the center of commercial areas and more. It places townships that identify commercially and culturally with the Lakeshore, into districts dominated by urban Grand Rapids, Saginaw Bay, or Kalamazoo. This is unacceptable for the fastest-growing county in Michigan. It goes against our traditions for generations and cracks our community three ways!
Ethyl Rivera
This map is the best yet for the communities included, specially in terms of political fairness.
Susan Clement
I do not like this map as it splits Ottawa Co into seperate communities. It places townships and identity commercially and culturally with the Lakeshore into districts that are dominated by urban G>R, Saginaw Bay or Kalamazoo. this is unacceptable for the fastest growing county in Michigan. I have lived here all my life and have been proud of Ottawa county but this is NOT good. It goes against traditions of generations and makes cracks in our communites.
Mark Twiest
This is a bad map- it splits Ottawa County. I am not in favor of this map
Darrin M. McSorley
This is a horrible set up for Ottawa County! This is separating our communities and tears us apart, thus weakening our voice.
Bonnie Jill Haver-Crissman
I prefer the Chesnut map putting more of Midland County with Midland, Bay County and Saginaw but whichever map is better on metrics for fairness but either map that keeps Midland together with the Tri-Cities gives us hope for our voices to be heard for a change. 10,000 people applied to be on the MICRC and you are our dream team. 1000's of Michiganders worked for Proposal 2 and Millions voted for it's passage. We worked and voted for fair districts and the opportunity for all our voices to be heard. The metrics of your success are the measures of partisan fairness. The world is watching. Please give us the maps with the best measures of fairness to vote for. Maps drawn for partisan fairness are not gerrymandering. The world is watching.
Annette Eppink
Not a good choice
Keith Immink
I do not like this map because by separating Ottawa County, communities are being separated, often right through the center of commercial areas and more. It places townships that identify commercially and culturally with the Lakeshore, into districts dominated by urban Grand Rapids, Saginaw Bay, or Kalamazoo. This is unacceptable for the fastest-growing county in Michigan.
JoAnn Ford
Stop this redistricting in Michigan. Districting should stay the same as it has been. Counties should not be split for districting. This is an example of elite manipulation - the usual.
Eric Hartman
This map is awful! Dividing Ottawa county like a toddler colored the map. Cut it out! Stop the gerrymandering!
MARCIA BLACKSON
This one again is gerrymandering. Please stop and consider the population requirements for redistricting. This suggestion far exceeds that requirement and therefore only leaves one deduction, you are gerrymandering. We voted for the people by the people and I am very disappointed, except for Commissioners Clark, Lange and Wagner who seem to be contemplating why the people chose citizens to accomplish this process. The families in the City of Midland and the County of Midland have more shared concerns with education, employment, law enforcement, social welfare... than they do with the people in nearby cities. Keep Midland County together, please.
Kevin Dolin
Each of these proposed maps chestnut, birch, apple separates an L shaped bite from my own Community of Interest, which is Western Wayne county and removes my own suburban city of 100,000 from that COI and into an urban district, with urban needs.
Paul Moeller
If we are truly aiming to avoid gerrymandering, in most cases a county would not be split into different Congressional Districts. The people in the City of Midland and the County of Midland have more shared concerns with education, employment, law enforcement, social welfare,... than they do with the people in nearby cities. Many agencies serve the entire county. We are organized to work together as a county. It is best to have one representative for the entire county. The County of Midland and many other counties should not be split up.
merlin steffes
Comments by Dorothy Munson "combines many rural townships in Ottawa and Ionia Counties with the Metropolitan region around Grand Rapids. Totally different needs/wants/issues for these areas" Like the rural Allegan townships have so much in common with the Metropolitan region around Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo?
sheryl devries
this is a terrible option!!! It makes no sense at all - do not separate Ottawa county and our communities - do not take townships that identify with the Lakeshore & put them into urban GR or Kzoo. It breaks our community up. Do not accept this option. thank you
Anne Van Hulle
Keep Midland and Gladwin Counties together as a whole in any version of mapping. Dissecting the city of Midland out of Midland County is just wrong. Midland was also hit hard during the devastating flood damage in 2020. Midland City should remain intact in Midland county and stay joined with Gladwin county so that the collective needs of all communities of interest who suffered great losses will be met in any future decisions.
Lisa Daws
This map does not allow the City of Midland to be with Midland and Gladwin counties. These are combined communities. Midland does not have a combined community with Flint. This is supposed to be a non-partisan Commission. This map looks partisan like you are trying to water down the vote from the City of Midland. If you are non-partisan then act like it.
Dorothy Munson
District 3 on this map is not very good in terms of communities of interest or minority representation. It combines many rural townships in Ottawa and Ionia Counties with the Metropolitan region around Grand Rapids. Totally different needs/wants/issues for these areas. Ottawa County is not kept whole, and the lakeshore areas are split up. Townships outside of Kent County do not want to be with the Grand Rapids area because their rural votes will be diluted by the large city population. Only possible ways to get more like areas to Grand Rapids Metro are to go south to Kalamazoo (like in Apple v2 #252 map) or go west to Muskegon on the lake (like in Chestnut #254 map). Additionally, these districts including Grand Rapids Metro areas include other concentrated areas of minority populations to give them a voice.
Stephanie Hoekstra
It makes no sense to spit up Ottawa county.
Anne Van Hulle
Midland and Gladwin must stay together in any version of mapping. Dissecting the city of Midland from Midland County is wrong. Midland City was also hit hard with the massive flood damages in 2020 and should remain in the collective needs of our communities of interest. Keep Midland County and Gladwin County together as a whole.
Denise Weisbrodt
Yet another map that ignores the critical shared interests of Midland and Gladwin Counties. Do better.
Jim De Boer
This does not represent our area--and divides us and is a BAD districting map!
Edwin Vander Zwaag
This is not a good fit for Ottawa county at all. It splits it three ways, Ottawa needs to stay whole. This map is not good at all
Michael L Kuras
This map puts the lie to the promises made in establishing the redistricting commission. It breaks up REAL communities of interest (like that of Western Michigan and the Lakeshore) and takes bits of it and makes them appendages to other parts of the State, with their own interests. Ottawa County is central to Western Michigan and the Lakeshore. This maps treats it as a mere satellite of other areas of the state. No longer would Ottawa County speak with one voice. Instead, Ottawa County would become an afterthought for three Representatives whose real allegiances would lie elsewhere. This map undermines the ability of the grassroots here on the Lakeshore to speak with a clear unambiguous voice on behalf of the interests that make us the only real GROWING part of the state. This map would serve the interests of those who think there should be Rulers (not Representatiives) and that the ruled just need to be told what to do, say and think. Ugh.
Brandy Mayer
The Birch map is bad for Ottawa County it divides and dilutes the voters of this area.
JEFF KING
The Birch V2 map is a bad map. Grand Haven and Roscommon and Mt pleasant should not be on the same map.We do not need political Gerrymandering to break up Lakeshore values.
Douglas Door
The Birch V2 map is a bad map. It divides Ottawa County in a way obviously designed to dilute the influence of Ottawa County voters with the votes from urbanized areas whose interests often do not coincide with those of Ottawa County voters. It is an attempt to steal the representation of Ottawa County residents by dilution. It puts townships that identify commercially and culturally with the Lakeshore into districts dominated by urban areas with different values and priorities. This is effectively the unacceptable disenfranchisement of Michigan’s fastest growing county. It capriciously divides Ottawa for the benefit of special political interests whose agenda often run counter to those of Ottawa County voters. Please reject this gerrymandered disaster.
Ryan Galligan
I believe this is the worst map for the people of West Michigan. Grand Haven should not be in the same district as Roscommon and Mt. Pleasant. The Chesnutt and Apple maps are much better.
Paula Bojsen
This is a terrible map, and cracks Ottawa county in two, separating communities right through the center of commercial areas and more. Grand Rapids will dominate the Lakeshore. Th is is unacceptable for the fastest growing county in Michigan, and splits the county three ways!
Natalie Gingras Hazen
Midland and Gladwin must stay together in any version of mapping. The City of Midland is vastly different than Flint for a variety of reasons the main one being the watershed that Midland is a part of.
Adam Kroczaleski
This is the first citizen redistricting commission and it was hoped that you would set an important precedent of keeping similar communities together so that Michigan could have fair representation. Sadly, you have consistently ignored communities of interest data and have focused on gerrymandering districts for partisan reasons. Arenac and Bay counties could not be better examples of different communities who are strongly connected. They constitute a strong community of interest. But you consistently have kept us separate so that you can try to carve out Republican areas such as Midland and stretch them down to Flint in order to ensure a Democrat keeps his seat. You are failing the purpose of what this commission was supposed to be.
Kurt Gernaat
I do not like how this map separates communities
Jenny Anway
This map does not listen to the voices of Midland. We should not be with Flint. Midland and Gladwin counties should stay together in any version of the Congressional and State Senate maps.
Jose C Gomez
Terrible map, gerrymandering at its worst!
Thomas Mikulski
Meh ... District 10 is not drawn terribly; but, not great either. Kudos for linking Troy + Rochester Hills together with Royal Oak, Clawson, etc. But - the ties that these communities have with cities out east (including St. Clair Shores) aren't particularly compelling, in my opinion. Troy and Rochester Hills are more strong tied to cities like Bloomfield Hills; or, even Farmington Hills and Novi. If there were any need to extend the boundaries of the district - it'd be better to extend westward, not eastward.
Aaron Majorana
This map again looks like the very definition of gerrymandering. Carving out the City of Midland from the rest of Midland County to combine it with Flint makes absolutely no sense and is simply catering to Democrats. The City of Midland should not be in the same Congressional district as Flint. As someone who has lived and worked in both communities, these are two completely different communities with different interests. Separating Midland from the rest of the County divides the voice of the people across two separate districts when it comes to recovery from the flood. Midland County should be kept together.
Jennifer Majorana
Please, Commissioners: The City of Midland and Flint should not be in the same Congressional district. Anyone who lives in this area can tell you, these communities share little in common and deserve separate representation! My parents-in-law live in Genesee County and we drive almost an hour to visit them. It's a completely different community. Not one of your maps provide an option that addresses this! Independents and Republicans live in these areas too and deserve to be heard in this process. Please, we are begging you - stop ignoring us. Please change one of your 3 congressional maps to separate Midland from Flint. I personally voted for this MIRC commission a few years ago and you are making me regret my decision. Please listen to the voices of Independents and Republicans who want fair representation! We have more in common with Gladwin due to flood recovery efforts and you are undercutting all our progress in this area by carving out the city of Midland in this clearly gerrymandered way. Please don't make this about partisan politics!
Brent Rhoads
The City of Midland and Flint should not be in the same Congressional district. None of your maps provide an option that addresses this. Your maps simply cater to Democrat demands. Independents and Republicans live in these areas too and deserve to be heard in this process. Stop ignoring us. A city of 40,000 has vastly different needs than a city of 100,000. Please change one of your 3 congressional maps to separate Midland from Flint.
Chris Moultrup
This map continues to dismiss the comments from Midland community members that verify our Community of Interest is more aligned with Gladwin. Even the Federal Government just awarded $54mm to the "Midland, Gladwin Region" for flood mitigation and recovery. We are one region and need our voices heard. The consistent rhetoric from political activists trying to gerrymander our county needs to be dismissed. Keep Midland and Gladwin Counties whole.
Cathy Leikhim
Over half of our community voices have been completely dismissed – please give Midland a congressional district that puts Midland back together and in a separate district from Flint. Our communities are vastly different. Why is there no alternative map that provides this option for the public’s consideration? Read this Detroit News article to see a great example of how unified voices and representation helps our community: ‘Feds award Midland, Gladwin region $54M to aid in flood recovery, mitigation’. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/11/01/midland-gladwin-region-awarded-54-m-aid-flood-recovery-mitigation/6231480001/. After you read it, then tell me that Midland and Gladwin are not a Community of Interest!
Marie Karsemeyer
This map is terrible. It slices and dices Ottawa County, one of the fastest growing counties in the state into three sections! The little finger that reaches up to grab Allendale Township for District 4 is ridiculous! And then to include it with Kalamazoo! The lakeshore counties would be better served kept together. Please disregard this map. Ottawa county is being made a victim to Democrats in this map and dividing the Republican voice of our county into three sections in an effort to dilute Ottawa's unified communities.
jane scott
Stop gerrymandering Midland County and pulling the city away from our natural watershed neighbors! Keep Midland County whole and with our natural watershed neighbors of Gladwin and Isabella!
Yousif
This map dilutes Chaldean voices with Madison Heights, Royal Oak and Ferndale. Apple is the best congressional map for Chaldeans.
merlin steffes
This map is better than Apple. I live in Ottawa and I don't mind that it is split up because Kent and surrounding communities need 775,000 people. An alternative that would preserve Ottawa, is to have Kent, Ionia, and most of Montcalm in a district. The Apple map puts rural people in Allegan with urban people in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
Heidi Pronk
This is not a good map. It divides Ottawa County. Please keep our county together!
Nabil Chamra
I do not understand why the district lines for district 9 include this particular area, I live in this neighborhood and it is zoned into Rochester Community schools, yet the majority of my classmates are going to be zoned into district 10 while I am zoned into the thumb with rural people I have nothing in common with. I am asking that this neighborhood be zoned into district 10 or 11 since I have much more in common with the constituents in those districts than district 9 which includes a vast majority of people that I have nothing in common with. ( I accidentally made a previous comment with the same text but accidentally marked it as "like" instead of dislike)
H.G.A.
Southern Macomb Twp has witnessed a beautiful growth of minority communities and including this area with the thumb will really dilute their voices.
H.G.A.
This looks like an effort to include more of Oakland County with District 10, so that Rochester and Troy are not alone. But, it's such a stretch and divides traditional sister cities like Birmingham and Royal Oak, while alienating Macomb Township and Warren from their communities. Please leave Rochester Hills and Troy with the communities that share their interests, and include more of Macomb Township and Macomb County with District 10. Thank you!
Steven B
Please remove this Lyndown Township/Washtenaw Co cut out. We've seen this on several maps and this divides the Chelsea community and is unnecessary. Please keep the county boundaries intact where possible - much like you've done with the rest of this map.
Matthew Haupt
I believe as long as Troy is also include with some Oakland county cities (and I agree with what is on the map) it would make sense. I know some maps had Troy alone with Macomb County which should be avoided if possible. Thank you for your hard work on this! It's getting there.
Patrick Quist
This map, while keeping Kent County in the same district, fails to recognize true communities of interest. North and East Kent County are rural and South West Kent County is a metro area. Just because the lines look nice doesn't mean it keeps communities together.
Lisa
Rochester & Troy in a district with Roseville & Eastpointe? Does anyone there even consider that someone has to represent the very diverse interests and concerns of these areas and hopefully get something done? These maps are terrible and all pretty much the same. Do better; this entire exercise is to give people access to representatives that can address the areas issues in an effective and efficient manner.