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Why would a school district be split is two? Marshall and Albion share the same school district. Why would they not be kept together? Also Battle Creek, Emmett, Pennfield, Bedford, and Springfield share Police and Fire with Mutual Aid, they all are members of BCATS, and AMASA, share the same Library, Sewer system, Chamber of Commerce and on and on. Albion and Battle Creek share nothing in common including having separate Chambers of Commerce, Separate NAACP Branches, not to mention with this map you have to drive through another district to get from one side to the other. This map is obviously gerrymandered and stretched and is no different than what currently exist which says enough sing the district was one used as an example of a gerrymandered district and a reason why this commission was needed.
If one goes to districtr.org and plugs in the districts for Kent County, they will find out that the democrat controlled "Independent Commission" has created 5 democrat leaning districts and the equivalent of 2 republican leaning districts. Kent County is a republican leaning county but an uniformed person who views the district majorities would think Kent County is just like Wayne County. Now the democrat controlled "Independent Commission" has been creating this type of districting around the whole state. Actually the democrat controlled "Independent Commission" hired a company with democrat party connections to create these districts. The democrat controlled "Independent Commission" just gives the maps created their stamp of approval. Gerrymandering it is called.
Mary Jo Durivage
Map splits the Fitzgerald/Marygrove neighborhood (part of Detroit District 2). Boundaries are Lodge, McNichols, Livernois, and Fenkell. This is a very vibrant community, especially since the advent of the Marygrove Conservancy. PLease keep Fitzgerald/Marygrove together.
Please give us the option of a Midland-Bay City house district as drawn in the original Pine map. Do not make concessions to appease people but stick to your mission of partisan fairness. The Midland-Bay City district was near to zero political bias. You can't get a fairer district. It will improve the overall partisan fairness of your maps which still lean toward Republicans in an unacceptable manner and will give the people of Midland and Bay City the chance to elect the best candidate, no matter their party.
Lynda Kay Magirl
This map of Midland and Gladwin together is not ideal or partisan fair. The two cities have little in common. Gladwin is a very rural town whereas Midland has more of a big city feel with lots to do and offer. Please give us back a map (like the Pine Map) for the City of Midland and Bay City together to create partisan fairness. Midland and Bay City have a lot more in common than does Midland and Gladwin!
Keep East Grand Rapids away from Kentwood. Kentwood is diverse and belongs w/ Wyoming or Gaines like your previous map did. East Grand Rapids is white and well-to-do and belongs w/ Cascade and Ada. East Grand Rapids is also infamous as a sundown town hostile to minorities. Kentwood has a lot of minorities.
I can not understand why you changed the Midland area and lowered the political fairness of this map. You can put Midland back with Bay City which will give you more room to work in the Detroit area. There seems to be a push to pacify the Republicans in Midland but that is not one of your criteria!
Since the maps are copying/pasting the same unfortunate MI House district for the City of Midland, I am copying and pasting my comments about this unfortunate creation. This map #258 is disappointing for City of Midland mid-Michiganders, as it puts Midland & parts of Gladwin Counties together to create a safe Republican seat. It also lumps Bay City with Bay County for the same reasons. This approach does not improve partisan fairness for either the state of Michigan or for Bay City residents or the City of Midland residents. I know previously you were very sensibly putting rural areas with rural areas, and putting cities with cities. Why did you stop applying that very reasonable approach? I hope it is not appeasement of the Republicans to give them a safe seat but it appears that is the logic applied. Please follow your criteria, criteria which place partisan fairness considerably above adhering to county lines. You talked about giving us options for these maps destined for the 45-d review/comment---so give us options! Please give Mid-Michigan at least one map that does a good job on partisan fairness—like the original Pine map which paired City of Midland with Bay City---keeping like with like, and keeping communities of interest whole. This is such a significant criterion. Please give us a map with your improved districts for Detroit and other metro areas and that puts City of Midland back with Bay City to provide improved partisan fairness for all of us. Thanks for your thoughtful and courageous work to give Michigan fair voting districts—truly a first!
Terrible gerrymandered map. The Soviets had elections too but the people were going to get the same leadership because the election process was rigged. With maps like these, the pretense of elections should end and the democrats should be granted permanent control.
As noted on this map, there have been numerous comments regarding the state house map for Pontiac that have consistently been disregarded by the commission. Please listen to our thoughts regarding COIs surrounding Pontiac and include us with Auburn Hills. Another area to think about is that Waterford as a whole is a Township versus Pontiac which is a city - therefore, the needs are also extremely different and would be hard to address for a representative. I urge you all to please listen to us regarding this change.
Allison M Wilcox
Not sure how I got a green pin on my other comment. Don't this Midland County district.
I dont understand how you can break up Monroe County into 4 house districts - the southern district probably works fine - so why not combine the northern portions into a single house district as it is now? It makes much more sense as a community of interest. For example Carleton has nothing in common with the City of Taylor!
Allison M Wilcox
I'm just going to copy my comments from the other maps, since you are copying the Midland County district that we don't want! I don't like the district that you have drawn here for Midland. Please consider putting back the Bay CIty - Midland district that you had on the original Pine map on at least a few of the state house maps that you put forward. You can improve the districts in the Detroit area and change to a Midland-Bay City district, with Midland county in a different district, to improve the partisan fairness of the overall map.
Why have you not corrected districts 38 & 29 after numerous, numerous comments from people from each of these affected communities? Somehow this area doesn't count? The original change occurred because a Commissioner thought the shapes looked funny (seriously? look at the map!) and another Commissioner did not want his community placed in the Districts. The correction can be accomplished without affecting VRA, population, COI or partisan fairness metrics (put it back the way it originally was). Pontiac should be in a district with Auburn Hills, Sylvan Lake or Bloomfield. Lake Orion should be with Oxford, Waterford should be kept whole. It is pretty ironic that the MDOS put a very nice interview with a Pontiac resident on the MICRC website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1TTWzToRGs) about Pontiac's COIs, and then the same people completely ignore the COI mentioned over & over again. The House district is the most local of all and should accurately reflect the interests and concerns of the residents so that a representative can advocate for them efficiently and effectively. These current pairings completely undermine that.
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