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Joe Fuhker
This map does not demonstrate partisan fairness which is your constitutional duty to uphold. Please Palm.
Sharon Houck
The Linden State Senate map is NOT a good map. It divides Jackson County, which is mostly rural, and combines it with half of the city of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor has public utilities, widely available broadband, and public transportation. Most rural areas have none of these things. These different communities have different needs and require different legislative representation. Please adopt instead the “Palm” State Senate map. It does a much better job of satisfying the ‘communities of interest’ objective of this committee. Thank you
Larry Parsons
Why split Ann Arbor?? They should have their own voice. You didn't split Flint or Kalamazoo, but Ann Arbor? That's garbage.
Deandre M
Prop 2 promised to end drawing lines for political reasons, or gerrymandering. This map makes it even worse by breaking up united communities for blatant political purposes. This map is not TRULY fair to both parties like we were promised.
Michael Novak
District 11 and 12 needs to NOT stretch vertically, rather they should collect communities horizontally. Grosse Pointe communities interact more with Roseville and Eastpointe (Wayne), than northern shoreline Macomb county. Someone must really like this arrangement for political purposes because I see it over and over again.
Chris Wingate
Too much division in my county! We need to keep our communities voices together. Palm is the best option in this category.
Kim K Lindsey
This map not only splits Hillsdale County, it separates it from Branch, breaking up a true community of interest.
Merlin Steffes
This map is gerrymandered to bias the democrats. Do not use. Use the fairer Palm map instead.
Terri McCormick
Agree with Sandra Burgess. While Troy is intact, which is good, pulling in Macomb County doesn't make sense. This is a pretty hard county line for COIs. Is there a better option?
Penny K Wingate
This is a No vote from me. Too much division in my county of Hillsdale. The best option I see is Palm.
David
Jackson County should be left with the rural counties to the south and west...Jackson County does not belong with Washtenaw County.
Jay R Taylor
Terrible split of Oakland County just to please and reward Democrat strongholds. Need to keep large cities intact and have smaller townships intact.
Brian
Don't include Ann Arbor with Jackson
Suzanne L Zavala
Keep Downriver together in one district, please. Our residents have unique concerns and work together economically. We desperately need fair representation that consider our concerns. We've generally been misrepresented in the past. Grouping Wyandotte and other Downriver communities with the more rural communities will once again give us unfair representation. This map does not represent communities of interest.
Marunur R Choudhury
On behalf of APIA Vote-MI, Linden is the best choice out of the state senate maps with respect to fairness and protection of COIs.
Deandre M
Any map that Splits Ann Arbor is an insult to the people of Ann Arbor, Jackson, and Michigan. Creating a democratic majority at the expense of communities of interest is a joke.
Sarah T
On behalf of APIA Vote-MI, although none of the state senate maps are perfect, Linden does a decent job of ensuring that Michigan voters have a fair shot and that communities of interest throughout Metro Detroit have their voices heard and that voters throughout.
Steve Fish
Palm is not a fair map for equal political representation. This map has similar effects to the current district Gerrymandered Senate map. It disregards the votes of large population Grand Rapids metro city areas by combining with rural townships in Barry, Allegan and Ionia Counties. Better to go with Linden
Zach Rudat
Please keep Clinton County whole
Rosalind J Cox
None of the State Senate maps are great for Troy, but this one is workable. Consider keeping Clawson whole.
Laurie E
All of the State Senate maps have the same concern regarding Troy. It would be better to keep Troy with other Oakland County jurisdictions, such as Clawson and/or Birmingham to the South rather than putting it in a district with Macomb County/Sterling Heights. Troy COI , as noted by others, align with Oakland County and keeping it so districted would provide fairer representation. Also, it is not good to divide a small piece of Clawson from the rest of the city. Clawson should be kept whole in any map.
Allen Salyer
It is good that all of Troy in one district, not do not split Clawson.
Kerby Fannin
This is a very poorly drawn map because it mutes the voices of rural voters in Hillsdale and Jackson Counties.
Alan P
Seriously? Breaking up Jackson and Ann Arbor? What community of interest can justify that?! Answer = none. This is ridiculous.
William
Totally unfair to the Jackson unique community.
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"!
Kristine Yeutter
Your constitutional duty is to consider communities of interest. This map divides our rural voices with that of metropolitan areas. We ask for fairness, not divisions with attempts to divide us and give unfair advantage to big cities. Please consider the PALM map, which allows our rural voices to have fair representations.
Kristine Yeutter
Your constitutional duty is to consider communities of interest. This map divides our rural voices with that of major metropolitan areas. We ask for fairness, not divisions with attempts to divide us and give unfair advantage to big cities. Please consider the PALM map, which allows our rural voices to have fair representations.
Sue Macrellis
This is not a good map for Jackson County as it joins it with half of the city of Ann Arbor. There could not be two more dissimilar communities of interest - rural, small manufacturing vs big university city. These communities do not share similar needs or solutions. Splitting Ann Arbor does not seem in the best interests of that city either. The Palm State Senate map is a better option.
Joshua Przygocki
Drive through these areas surrounding Ann Arbor in Western Washtenaw and Eastern Jackson, can you honestly say they share anything in common with the city of Ann Arbor? Ann Arbor deserves representation that fits the city of Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas deserve representation that fits their rural nature.
Felicia Banks
While this map shows promise towards partisan fairness, it has a long way to go. Let’s use this as a base model and keep working towards giving equality to COI’s.
Ethyl Rivera
Wjile this map is somewhat improved over the others, it is still not partisan fair and results in splitting of communities that adjoin it, Please redraw the Western and Northern areas of Oakland County and stop the previous gerrymandering,
JEFFREY YEUTTER
This map does not align with the "communities of interest" principle as well as the Palm map. Too much combining of rural and metropolitan areas. Looks like lots of gerrymandering to favor the Democrat Party it appears. I thought the commission was about "people and not politics".
Catherine Upton
I do not like the Linden State Senate map. It divides Jackson County and combines rural areas of Jackson County with half of the City of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor has more public service offerings, widely available broadband, and public transportation. Most rural areas, like Waterloo Township, have none of these things. Rural communities have VERY different needs and require different legislative representation. Residents of my community would not have fair representation with this map.Please use the PALM State Senate map. It better represents my community. Thank you.
VANESSA MULNIX
Not my COI. Family, friends, shopping, recreational activities are not in this map. Do not choose this map.
Richard Michalski
Does not create as many competitive districts as Palm proposed plan.
Anna Hicks
There is absolutely NO reason to split Ann Arbor unless you're trying to do it to unfairly benefit the Democrats. The Palm map is dramatically more fair to both parties. This strange division of Jackson into areas with NO community of interest concerns in common is clearly partisan.
Ronda VanStempvoort
Dividing Jackson County in this way is a recipe for disaster for the citizens of Jackson County. The rural vote of Jackson County needs to have representation.
Paul Hauglie
I dislike this map. It does not keep Jackson county whole and needlessly divides it. Jackson county should never be lumped into the same district as Ann Arbor, unless gerrymandering is the goal.
Sarah Abbott
Breaking up the Ann Arbor and Jackson/rural washtenaw communities for partisan reasons is insulting. This creates a democratic supermajority that is the definition of a disproportionate advantage. Commissioners should know better.
Alice
Unless you are a representative for the limited liability company or your last name begins with an L you don’t actually live here. My best guess is you are the Larry Parsons from Fenton with the Twitter account of partisan hate. It is possible that you don’t know what our economic community of interest is here in Washtenaw and are not the best person to assess that there is zero community association in our area.
Larry Parsons
There is ZERO reason to split Ann Arbor unless you're trying to do it to unfairly benefit Democrats. The palm map is actually fair to both parties, while this bizarre splitting of Jackson - with ZERO community of interest concerns - is an abomination.
Lindsey Brayton
This map is not balanced and unfairly represents urban areas
Cynthia Richardson
I do not like the Linden State Senate map. It divides Jackson County and combines rural areas of Jackson County with half of the City of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor has more public service offerings, widely available broadband, and public transportation. Most rural areas, like Waterloo Township, have none of these things. Rural communities have VERY different needs and require different legislative representation. Please use the PALM State Senate map. It better represents my community. Thank you.
Brian Boyer
This proposed map unnecessarily combines Jackson County with other neighboring areas greatly enlarging the population of our current Community of Interest. Please do adopt this map.
Russ Jennings
Do not like
Doug Swartz
The Linden State Senate map combines rural areas of Jackson County way too much with the urban area of Washtenaw County. I am disappointed to see how unfair these map options are for those of us living here in Jackson County. This map appears to have been designed to drown out our rural Jackson voice as the Senate representatives would be too busy bending to the specialized needs, demands, and ultimately ‘dollars’ of Washtenaw County. Please do not adopt this map. The alternate Palm State Senate is the better choice. Thank you.
Jackie Leslie
Not best map for Jackson County
Donald
Not the best
Jennifer Biddinger
Although this keeps most of Jackson Co. together, PALM is a better map which includes our western county, NOT Washtenaw Co., which we do not have common interests.
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
Priority should be based on community of interest. This maps splits up Jackson County and the community of interest it serves! This is partisan gerrymandering. Please remember that the law states that districts should not provide a disproportionate advantage for any political party.
Caron Maria Wootten
Jackson has many regional agencies that could not be fairly represented with this map. Region 2 Department of Aging and Lifeways Community Mental Health both have long established operations that depend on allegiance and alliance with Hillsdale for funding and operations. This could damage some of the most vulnerable in our two areas that rely on a strong voice for representation in our leadership.
Bill Richardson
I do not like the Linden State Senate map. It divides Jackson County, which is mostly rural, and combines it with half of the city of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor has public utilities, widely available broadband, and public transportation. Most rural areas have none of these things. These different communities have different needs and require different legislative representation. Please adopt instead the “Palm” State Senate map. It does a much better job of satisfying the ‘communities of interest’ objective of this committee. Thank you.
TIMOTHY DEBLAEY
Four different districts representing the needs of the southwestern shoreline? Really?
Craig Michael Flietstra
I like it that the lakeshore communities are grouped together. I still don't understand why the rural northeast Ottawa county is not included with the rest of the county.
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.
Alan Poehl
There is no reasonable explanation whatsoever to split Ann Arbor like this. Communities of interest rank higher than partisan fairness. If you're willingly breaking COIs for partisan reasons, that is the definition of a gerrymander. This map would guarantee a democratic control of the senate for 10 years. That's simply wrong. Both sides should see how wrong this is.
Jim Lax
The Commission has done a commendable job on the Congressional and State House district maps keeping Kent County reasonably intact. The proposed State Senate maps are another story. All three collaborative maps have Kent County fragmented into 5 pieces. Each map has southern Kent County combined with Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, as well as other district boundary irregularities. The proposed maps for State Senate are not reasonable and may be worse than the previous gerrymandered maps. It surprises me that this fragmentation is not obvious to the Commission, and that the Commission considers these maps acceptable. I oppose the three proposed State Senate maps. The proposal to combine southern Kent County with Benton Harbor/St. Joseph is absurd. The citizens of Benton Harbor have major concerns with lead in drinking water. How well would their concerns be addressed if their state senator lived in far-away Kent County? Maybe the Commission hasn’t heard from Benton Harbor. The residents of Benton Harbor have to worry about their day-to-day drinking water and do not have the luxury to monitor Commission proceedings. It would be nice to think that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate, but that’s not how the real world works. It’s up to the Commission to use best judgment and to develop reasonable district boundaries. The Commission considers Grand Valley State University (GVSU) a Community of Interest and has based one senate district on this premise. The student population is about 25,000. This compares with a senate district size of 260,000. What about the other 235,000 people in the district and their communities of interest? Much has been made of urban communities versus rural. The northern Kent County communities of Sparta, Rockford, and Cedar Springs are an easy commute to Grand Rapids, and northern Grand Rapids can be linked as a Community of Interest with them. Another thing that the Commission has not considered is the population growth of Kent County. The areas that are considered rural are already becoming more urbanized and will become more so in the next ten years. Connecting disparate communities into one district does not foster consensus needed for representative government to flourish, and this action ultimately defeats the whole process of redistricting. Representative government benefits from cohesive districts, where common community goals, objectives, and consensus can be formed. I believe that truly representative government is essential in dealing with the challenging issues of today. Today’s issues are too critical to wait another ten years for new redistricting to occur. Citizens trust the Commission to do the right thing. Please do the right thing and redraw the State Senate maps keeping Kent County intact. I have a proposed map, p6745, that you can use as a starting point. Thank you.
John J Michalski
District 11 makes no sense. The representative can't represent the people whose needs vary from Detroit to the far North East suburbs. Those needs are not constant across between all the cities.
Chris Roosen
All three of these maps are bad because they split the city of Livonia in two and divorce it from neighboring communities of interest in Western Wayne County. Please go back, stop trying to "unpack" Detroit in strange ways, and draw districts that let Detroiters represent Detroit. This will then allow you to keep Livonia and Western Wayne County communities together as they are in today's Senate District 7.
Ehsan Taqbeem
Doesn't serve the COI, please delete
Daniel G
I don't understand why Ann Arbor gets to demands that is political influence control the residents of rural Washtenaw and all of Jackson county? Ann Arbor's brand of progressive socialism is not even the mainstream of the Democrat party. It doesn't even reflect the the Democrats that live in Jackson. This is an example of districts being drawn for the purpose of partisan gerrymandering. The only reason Ann Arbor was "split" was not to respect a community of interest but for partisan purposes...to guarantee democrats an additional State Senate seat. That violates the law. Jackson County deserves to be represented by someone who shares the values not a socialist from Ann Arbor.
merlin steffes
This map violates the municipal boundaries of Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. Do not use the linden map.
Rebecca Wilson
Hillsdale County should not be split up and should also be connected to Branch county. Coldwater is an essential hub of our economic activity and it would be unrepresentative of our area's interest to split Hillsdale from their adjacent cities. I urge the Commission to abide by the petition it received and maintain the Integrity of Hillsdale County and the greater southern-rural area.
Samuel Lair
While I appreciate the Commission's progress in removing Hillsdale County from the Ann Arbor area, this still an insufficient representation of our community. As demonstrated by my petition, the people of Hillsdale County constitute in every sense a community of interest. We demand not to have our community needlessly torn a part when it has NEVER been so. Hillsdale County does not possess a cumbersome population which requires multiple districts, the WHOLE county could comfortably fit within any number of district configurations with adjacent counties and townships. I understand that the Commission is not required to follow municipal and county lines, but in this instance, it is imperative for them to do. Anything short of a united Hillsdale would be needlessly separating a community with deep economic and historic roots.