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I believe the 13 congressional maps will bring a challenge to most. But change is good.
The "Independent Commission" is bogus as expected. The goal is clearly to favor Democrats as much as possible by lumping large swathes of rural areas with dense urban areas in order to swing seats blue. District 6 is a prime example of this, but you see it all over the map, particularly in the southeast.
This map represents the voices of the people better than other map proposals because it keeps Kent County whole within one congressional district. Districting is about ensuring the voice of the people are heard and not for political gain for a party.
With this map, the minority will drown out the voice of the majority! This is the worst map and very unfair!!
Has anyone anywhere on any of these boards said: "This map favors the Democrats"? Not that I can see. Instead, it seems the Republican partisans are haggling over splitting Midland or some such masquerade. We are arguing in all of this over how far away from partisan fairness we can tolerate. To my mind a little sickness is still not healthy. A little unfair is still unfair. We are asked to choose among maps that are grossly tilted toward the Republicans, or only those that are a wee bit unfair, or even ever so rarely one (Szetela Congressional) that actually carves out partisan fairness and meets other constitutional criteria. Wow! If that can be done once, it should be possible for all the electoral contests. Great that you've talked to each other, great that you've done a lot of hard, hard work, but most of the results aren't there yet. Sorry it's been a slog. Trump screwed up the census, and the virus didn't help. But democracy's more important than all of that. Keep working to get really fair maps. Lange Congressional is a dog. We could have gotten this from the current legislature, but the voters said, "No more!". Please listen. Throw this map out. Favor Szetela for Congressional seats, and work to improve the Senate maps toward Linden, and the MI House maps, which are especially bad. Really bad. Hickory is over on the edge of passable, but far from good enough. Thanks for taking the comments and bearing with all this. Democracy is messy, but still the best system, and we should try it in Michigan. We haven't had it for quite a long time.
A truly dreadful map that cannot be called representative in any sense. The worst of the Congressional drafts. Profoundly partisan and extremely unfair. We will get rotten, oppressive government from this. A hack job. Toss it out.
Keep Midland County whole
The city of Midland belongs together with the county of Midland. This is our strongest community tie. Breaking this up would be a blatantly partisan move.
Reject this map it literately divides the city of Hazel Park and Madison Heights, which would put citizens at odds over who would have the cities best interest in mind. Big NO
It makes the most sense to keep the city of Midland and its county together, and to keep Midland and Gladwin counties together.
This is the worst map—it likely guarantees that Republicans will win the most seats, even when Democrats get the most votes. Please do not endorse this map.
Kathy A Swartz
Chestnut map is better. This map does not keep rural communities whole.
I am very disappointed in the Congressional maps presented. I have to agree with SOOO many people who stated the maps have been gerrymandered to falsely promote “political fairness” while at the same time dismissing “communities of interest”. This experiment in “redistricting” is proving to be a farce. I have to agree with the masses who believe your prioritizing process has been unconstitutional and I hope these maps are challenged in court.
Scott G Miller
Keep Midland County whole.
Keep Midland County whole with City of Midland.
Keep City of Midland with Midland County.
Keep Midland and Gladwin counties together.
Keep Midland and Gladwin counties together.
Please keep Midland and Gladwin united by preserving and respecting current geographic boundaries and keeping the Tittabawassee watershed communities together.
Scott William Miller
Keep Midland County whole (connected to Gladwin). Keep the Tittabawassee watershed communities of Midland, Gladwin, Isabella, and Clare counties together.
Like Lange to keep Midland with Midland County and Gladwin county.
like Lang map keeps Midland together and with Gladwin
Rich & Brenda Keenan
Keep Midland city and county with like communities. Representation voices the community’s needs and isn’t about political correctness or political advantage. Use common sense. This is a map which represents like communities .
Mary J Quehl
I still see mostly all green likes on this map, which is a clear sign that the residents of Midland anand Gladwin Counties, and the city of Midland approve of this map. Hopefully the commisioners will listen to these Likes and approve of this map for our district.
This is still the only congressional map that keeps the city of Midland together with Midland and Gladwin County. Thus, it meets the requirement given to the commission to not separate cities and their adjacent counties, our linked COI, Contiguity, and compactness.
Johanna I Clarke
This is the best map that represents Midland and Gladwin counties.
Rich & Brenda Keenan
Keep Midland County with like communities. That representative will have the voice of people who live and work and associate everyday. Knowing the needs particular to that small area of Michigan. Use common sense not political advantage.
Keep Midland city and Midland county together
Midland City and Midline and Gladwin County’s must be kept together. 1. Midland City with Midland county are helping Beaverton School District with training for special needs Children with autism. Beaverton school’s and Gladwin county do not have the funding for training and are struggling to strat programs 2.Rebuilding all for Lake is a Financial must for Gladwin County it will break bankrupt us with the loss of tax revenue I believe. We are One community with separate legal discretions. 3. Midland county along with Midland city took our flood debris from the 2020 breach and floating At no charge and no sorting huge just huge savings for this whole area. This is a prime example of how we are One community was with legal boundary separating us only on paper. Gladwin /Midland County’s with Midland city must stay united in any map. The rebuilding of the four lakes involves over 8000 special assessment parcels. Lange !
Midland needs to be unpacked. This is the worst of the worst of all the maps. Please do not consider this map.
this is the worst map. This map makes it likely Republicans win most seats even when Democrats get most votes. To say this map is horrible is an understatement.
Representation of residents of Midland & Gladwin counties is clearly best by retaining both counties holistic in the MI district mapping for the US Congress Reps. Carving off part/all Midland to part of a voting district South/East would disenfranchise businesses and residents.
Please reject this map. It is not fair and does not represent my communities of interest.
This map best represents the interests of citizens in Midland and Gladwin Counties and needs to be implemented.
This map does not appear fair and it does not represent my communities of interest.
John Henry Blackson
Still has a lot of gerrymandering but better than most.
Keep Midland whole and connected to similar counties
I support the Lange map since it keeps those in Midland and Gladwin counties together on one Congressional District of representation, which would greatly aid in our collective efforts to overcome the 2020 flood damage to our communities.
these maps are unfair. It takes the County of Wayne and breaks it in different pieces.
This is the only reasonable map. Keep the City of Midland, Midland County and Gladwin together!
Midland County belongs with Gladwin. This is the only map that makes sense.
Susan M Zerull
Midland and Gladwin must stay together.
MARGARET M GILLEAN
Midland and Gladwin counties must stay together, we are linked by culture, industry, history, water shed plain and families.
I prefer this map
Aloysius Joseph Oliver
Leave City of Midland, Midland County and Gladwin County together as one District as they share many commonalities, hospitals, banks, watershed, etc.
Mary Ann Wandor
PLEASE keep Midland city with Midland County. This is the ONLY map that makes sense!!
This is my preferred map
Keep Midland together!! This makes the most sense to keep Midland County as a whole and not separate it.
I prefer this map.
Leave the City of Midland with the County of Midland. This is the only logical thing to do.
Leave Midland City with Midland County! The only districting that makes sense.
Like this map
Brian T Pankow
Keep Midland City in Midland County
This comment and map portal vote is made on behalf of the 725 voices (and still growing) of ‘Gladwin-Midland United’. Since there are no collaborative map choices that reflect the needs of our community of interest, we support the Lange Congressional map; we do not support the Chestnut map; the Birch or the Apple maps. ‘Communities of Interest’ must be given higher weighting than ‘partisan fairness’, per the new constitutional amendment passed in 2018. Our Community of Interest requests that you keep the City of Midland connected to the county of Midland, and the entire county of Midland connected to Gladwin County.
Please keep this map whole as this keeps the natural interests of Midland and Gladwin counties connected.
Though a county is not a community of interest, this plan keeps Kent County whole within one congressional district.
I support this plan because it keeps Kent County whole within one congressional district.
Like this map
This is a good map.
I like this map!
This map keeps Midland County whole and keeps like communities of interest together to the north and the west.
Mary Ann Allore
This map does not keep Jackson County together as a community of interest despite the comments made by so many citizens at the public hearings to do so. Please keep to the promises made to us back in 2018 – follow the Communities of Interest submitted by the people of Michigan.
This map does not reflect the non-partisan, anti-gerrymandering that was voted for in 2018. Please please reject this map. Szetela, BirchV2, and Chestnut are all much less biased and are preferred to this map based on review of the data.
REJECT THIS MAP. It is way too partisan. This map makes it likely Republicans win most seats even when Democrats get most votes. This map does not provide the anti-gerrymandering that we voted for in 2018.
Thank you for keeping Midland whole and listening to our voices!
Rebecca S Smith
Thank you for keeping Midland with counties to the west and keeping it WHOLE.
Robert A Rankey
I agree with other comments about keeping Midland and Gladwin County together. The City of Midland should not be broken out or linked with City of Flint as there is little similarities between these communities.
Randall J Clough
gladwin and midland have common interests through the river and dam systems.
This map keeps Midland County whole and makes the most sense. Almost 55 years in Midland County and I would like to continue to share interests with friends and family to the north and west.
This map is fair and sensible
James Cameron Hart
This map discourages appears to be aimed at splitting up communities of interest with the intent of discouraging others from participating in the election process. Please do not consider this map.
John F Lynn
City of Midland should be kept together with Midland County. Makes no sense to do otherwise, unless you want your vote marginalized by Bay City and Saginaw!
Dear Committee - please keep Midland city with Midland and Gladwin counties. There is no shared objectives integrating district with surrounding cities, divorcing Midland city and county. Thank You-
Keeps Midland County together with other counties in the watershed
Anne Van Hulle
It makes sense to keep Midland and Gladwin counties whole and together. This focus will help the needs of those who were impacted most by the devastating floods of 2020.
We The People need The Lange Congressional Map. Doesn’t matter if you live in the city or the township it is critical to keep the citizens of the City of Midland, Midland County, and our Watershed Neighbors of Gladwin and Isabella Counties aligned together. It is only due to the resilience of our communities working together with local leaders that has allowed people to overcome the hardship caused by the flooding and breaching of the dams. There is much work to be done and now is not the time to be separated from our collective purpose. We The People must continue to stay together so we can 1) address flood reduction and dam repair 2) receive federal grant dollars for our Health Care System 3) promote tax and energy policies that drive Mid-Michigan’s economy and 4) increase internet access by expanding rural broadband. The City of Midland does not align with Flint. Flint’s issues are NOT Mid-Michigan’s issues. The Michigan Redistricting Committee has behaved in such a way to deliberately and intentionally separate Our Communities from each other and that is A Very Bad Idea. Lange Map = Common Sense
Taking the city of Midland out of Midland county makes no sense at all. Please let common sense prevail.
This map divides Jackson County, please keep our County whole.
I appreciate the boundaries that are made in this map.
J Michael Dizer
This map seems fair and makes the most sense
This is a sensible map.
Mary Lou McEwan
Keep Midland City connected to Midland County and Gladwin County. No Gerrymandering.
Carl L Hamann
This map keep midland county with Gladwin county
The Floods showed how this needs to be a systemic solution with Everyone on the same page. Keep Midland and Gladwin together.
Thank you for keeping Midland county whole and honoring flood recovery for 2020 flood victims. This map makes common sense. Thank you!
I like that it keeps the city of Midland and Midland county in the same unit!
Francis A. McEwan
Keep Midland County whole and connected to Gladwin. NO Gerrymandering.
This is a good map because it keeps Midland whole. As a resident of Midland who travels often for work to Saginaw and Bay City and Flint, Midland has absolutely nothing in common with these cities. It makes the most sense to keep Midland county whole. Thank you.
This map keeps Midland whole.
Thank you for keeping Midland County whole.
makes most sense
David E Kepler
This is the only map that considers the Economic, Social and Environmental Connections of the Counties in especially as it relates to Gladwin and Midland County
Laurence Richard Larson
This is the best option.
This is a good map.
Downriver area deserves its own area of Representation. District 6 extends to Ann Arbor and Grass Lake. Not even the same neighborhood.
I like this map. This is the Community I most likely travel in. Midland/Sanford/Gladwin County.
This map is fair
This is a good map for Midland County as we are kept with Gladwin county and those west which share the same watershed concerns which hit so hard in 2020 and will take years to recover from.
Carole J Chi
This is NOT a good map for most of the state. Please choose BirchV2 instead for Michigan's Congressional Map, for it will be the most fair; and that is the point of this whole exercise--Prop 2. thank you!
There is no easy way to draw these lines, if you could only do it based on population not all the other criteria maybe it would have been easier. However, the problem I see is that no matter how you draw them it is up to the voters in the given districts after all is said an done to VOTE for the person who can best be fair and honest when they get to Lansing or DC to represent the region or the state they are from just not the largest city in their district. In SE MI I feel those elected to the State and Fed level forget they are there for their entire district in the state level and than their entire state at the Fed level. In the end it comes down to electing the most honest and non political candidate, someone who can compromise and vote for the best for their respective district and position. This new map, whatever is decided, for the next ten years will at least represent what the people want and not what partisans want. So it pits some current elected folks against one another so be it, this is not to be a permanent job, we need to get back to electing Public Servants. Elections have become so decisive, it is not who can best represent the truly crucial maters of their district or state but who best agrees with the platform of their particular party. In the end we are all Americans living in a given community that we chose to raise our families. Keep partisanship out of it and do what is best for the entire state. VOTERS need to be informed about their candidates as to where they are at on issues important to them.
Lange is flat out wrong for Michigan! Maybe California could appreciate this monkey business, there's absolutely no need for this nonsense around here.
This is a fair map, not gerrymandered like apple and chestnut.
This map does not represent communities of interest.
This map is cleaner than Birch but it's still pretty bad for Muskegon because we're in a district where we can't elect someone who will represent our diverse interests. People of color are a community of interest.
Alex R. Weddon
dislike. fractures Jackson County and runs way to Far East, Detroit area. Big differnces.
Dee J Maybee
This map should be rejected. It is not fair and does not represent the communities of interest.
Roger M Harms
I think this map is not a good map for Michigan.
This district goes too far west.
This keeps both counties whole.
I like this map for my district.
Eric Kyle Schichl
all theses maps seem to shove taylor into a position with no voice
We have nothing in common with Monroe.
Can someone explain how the desire for separating “urban” areas from “rural” places is tossed out the window when it comes to the City of Midland? Com. Lange is the champion of the need to keep rural areas rural, because wells and market access etc. Why should the Dow chemicals company town be the exception to the rule?
I am not a fan of some of the other areas on this map as a whole. My own district does not differ much from all the other collaborative options. Why did this commissioner change her own draft map for this area? It was the only different configuration offered during the previous public hearing period. A shame - now every map looks remarkably similar to the current Congressional 12th wherein the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area is connected to the hour distant Downriver communities by snaking along the southern boundaries of Wayne County. Don’t publish some propaganda in the “Candid Conversations ” video telling me this commission didn’t even look at the current maps and started from scratch on everything. How else did this commission arrive at the decision to combine Downriver(minus Dearborn) with Washtenaw County. As a community of interest, Downriver asked to be kept together, not placed with a neighboring county. I can recall no COI proposals that suggested Wyandotte has strong economic or cultural ties to Dexter or Ann Arbor. Your individual draft did link Livingston and Washtenaw and that has had public comment supporting the connection. Shared services and state funding for connecting infrastructure further reinforce the economic ties between Brighton/Howell and Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti. Oh well, forgone conclusion.
I don’t like this map very much.
This is better than AppleV2, but still not the best. It divides Jackson and places Battle Creek and Albion with Hillsdale and Branch Counties, two different places with different needs. See my comments on AppleV2 for why.
Farmer Billy Bob
The farm area voters would be happy to be in a congressional district with Grand Rapids. Question? How do you avoid the farm area voters when Grand Rapids is gerrymandered in a congressional district with Muskegon or Kalamazoo? Those urban democrat elitist are sure looking out for the farmer people! This map is okay.
Tammy J DeRuyter
As a Midland resident, nothing about our commerce, culture or future growth indicates eyes to the West. We seem to be all about the Tri-Cities (historically and economically) thus it makes sense that our political districts should too! Thanks for the opportunity to comment.
I do not like the LANGE congressional map because it does not keep Jackson County whole. Like Lenawee and Hillsdale, Jackson is primarily rural. I don't think the chunk of Washtenaw belongs with Jackson Co. Please don't adopt this map. The Chestnut map is much better. Thank you.
Grand Rapids is I believe one of the larger cities in Michigan besides Detroit. The people there will not be represented as this district combines them with a majority of farm area voters in other counties. I am sure these farm townships do not want to be in this district as well. There will be many conflicting priorities for a representative to address. This map has the worst seats to vote ratio for Michigan statewide
This is best proposal because it keeps Midland city and Midland county in the same district and with the counties of similar interest to the north and west.
This is the worst, least fair of all this batch. Please reject.
What an awful map! Why in the world would Midland be combined with rural towns to the west? This is a terrible map with a strong partisan lean to favor the GOP. Please reject this map. Thank you for the persistent hard work!
Timothy J Quinn
Please do not use this map. It is not fair and does not represent the communities of interest.
This map should be the one that is approved. Midland City is nothing like Bay, Saginaw and flint cities. The only commonality is we are all cities. This does not mean we should be lumped together keep us seperate.
Work to improve Szetela and don't waste any time on this unfair and undemocratic map!
This map is outrageous and should be resoundingly rejected as undemocratic.
Jessica M Swartz
This map clearly cracks the voting strength of Kalamazoo and puts it in with a large rural area.
This map does not keep the Tricity area together. We have more in common than we with the West Coast
I dislike this map. I don't shop in Washtenaw County and people in Washtenaw certainly don't shop in Jackson County. I think these should be kept separate.
I prefer Birch
This is an undesirable map. I have another preference.
Cassandra M Foley
Please do not advance this map. It continues the gerrymandering of the last two decades by separating Midland from the other two Tri-Cities. It does not recognize the common interests of Mid-Michigan. The rural and shoreline communities west of Midland do not share the industrial and manufacturing interests or the cultural interests that Midland has in common with Bay City, Saginaw, and Flint. The Chestnut map is a much better choice for my area.
West Michigan city populations are not represented in this map. Grand Rapids is a very large city, but the large amount of surrounding rural areas in this district dominate the population. This map is not representative for cities such as Grand Rapids or the state of Michigan in general.
This map absolutely does not represent Midland well at all. This this map is the epitome of gerrymandering and was not created in the spirit of the redistricting initiative. The city of Midland is part of the Tri-Cities and Mid-Michigan. As a resident of Midland I am far more connected to Bay City and Saginaw then the other communities Midland is grouped with in this map. Removing Midland and putting it with rural areas reeks of a personal agenda by this commissioner.
Cynthia J. Hudson
This is the worst of all of the choices. All of the maps have a Republican bias but this is the worst.
This map does not reflect that the municipalities of Midland, Bay City and Saginaw have much in common as public policy priorities given their significant industrial economic bases or that people live in one and work in another. This would put the city of Midland back into a largely rural district with which we have little in common. Our current district was gerrymandered, and this just perpetuates that illogical grouping. I implore you not to select this map. I appreciate the significant work the commission has done, but this map is a dud for me.
Gives unfair partisan advantage to one party. We want competitive districts.
Lisa P LaGrou
I dislike this map. I feel that this plan does not follow the constitutional requirement to be based on a Communities of Interest criteria and is gerrymandered based on partisan considerations in violation of the constitutional requirements and should be rejected.
I encourage you to keep Jackson and Washtenaw counties separate as they are very different in needs and interests.
"This is like talking to a wall." More facts for the gerrymanderers. The City of Grand Rapids is 200,000, not 500,000. The City of Kalamazoo is 75,000, not 200,000. I suppose if you can create imaginary votes you can also create imaginary populations too. As the Marxist say "the end justifies the means."
Midland is best placed in this districting map.
The western Michigan area contains the only other large city population besides Detroit in Michigan. By combining Grand Rapids with the adjoining rural townships in Kent, Ottawa and Ionia counties, the percentage of rural population is so large that the priority needs of the city will be completely discounted. All the other areas of Michigan are small town/rural so there is no other opportunity to represent city type areas. The city areas of western Michigan deserve representation (over 500,000 people in Grand Rapids and over 200,000 in Kalamazoo). This map is just as bad as the Birch map. This is the most unfair map for Michigan and western Michigan. Please do not select this map.
I do not like this map. Commissioner Lange clearly has an agenda because every map she has drawn takes Midland from the Tri-Cities and Mid-Michigan and places us with counties we have little in common with. This District 2 does not reflect the reality that Midland has been and still is part of the Tri-Cities and part of Mid-Michigan. There are so many reasons that these communities fit together, and yet Commissioner Lange continually chooses to ignore those facts for her own agenda. Please do not choose this map.
This map is not optimal because it breaks the large metro population of grand rapids into small subsections all weakened from rural nearby counties.
If only the City of Muskegon and the City of Kalamazoo could be moved to Kent County then there would be a fair map with an urban congressional district, BUT REALITY GETS IN THE WAY, since the City of Muskegon is in Muskegon County and the City of Kalamazoo is in Kalamazoo County then to combine the city of Muskegon or the City of Kalamazoo in a congressional district with the City of Grand Rapids and only part of Kent County is GERRYMANDERING to benefit a political party and disenfranchise the people.
The Lange Plan is the best compromise for West Michigan. It makes Kent County one whole county and preserves Ottawa County as one whole county. It probably is not the first choice of either county, but does not choose sides. From my perspective as a political scientist who has lived in different parts of Ottawa County for fifty years, it preserves the Dutch heritage of settlement of the county which started on the east shore of Lake Michigan in Holland and moved in all directions. Taking the most Dutch heritage part of Michigan and the diverse people who chose to live there and merging it with Kent County would be like denying the heritages of northern and eastern Michigan, especially since both Ottawa and Kent Counties are top ten population counties. The interaction of these heritages is what will best represent Michigan. You have two opportunities to avoid splitting either Ottawa or Kent County. Lange is the best compromise.
I do not like the Lange congressional map. It combines 3 low density Townships in the eastern portion of Jackson County with Washtenaw County. These 3 Jackson County Townships are very rural communities with almost no city services (water, sewer, broadband, public transportation, etc). Ann Arbor and large portions of Washtenaw County have all of these things. If this map were to be used, these Townships would not have a voice in Congress. Please don't adopt this map. The Chestnut map is much better. Thank you.
Looks like district 3 was drawn to intentionally add significant rural population to offset the urban influence of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids has significant industry, business, higher education and medical activity. Being the second largest city in Michigan, it has problems/needs consistent with metropolitan areas. Combining a significant rural population in adjacent counties does not support or compliment this community. Both Apple V2 and Chestnut maps respect the community of interest aspect much better. In addition, this map is the worst for fairness across the state of Michigan.
Perfectly drawn district for Michigan 9 th congressional district. Love it! Includes all of the highly conservative areas in the thumb and northern exurbs/ suburbs of Metro Detroit. Contains much of the old territory from Michigan's current tenth congressional district.
Keep Kent county together. I like this map
To say this map is horrible is an understatement.
The urban/suburban populations in west Michigan are not represented in this map. Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Muskegon are all grouped with rural areas. No better than the current Congressional district maps for the state.
This is similar to the current district make. If its not broke, don't fix it.
This is a terrible map.
Unfair statewide and has boundaries throughout that are poorly defined.
I do not like the Lange congressional map because it does not keep Jackson County whole.
Whatever happened to keeping the districts as square as possible? Isn't that supposed to be a main goal when redistricting occurs? Why is it assumed that people have the same interests/opinions just because they are the same race or ethnicity? That's an offensive assumption. This map is a terrible mess.
This map is the worst of the proposed maps; the least fair, least reflects the electorate, most partisan imbalance.
While I like the configuration of Macomb County and Sterling Heights in this map, it does not achieve partisan fairness in a close election. This map is biased in favor of the Republican party and should not be adopted. This district configuration is present in other proposed maps with better partisan fairness measures.
This map does not demonstrate partisan fairness which is your constitutional duty to uphold. Please accept Birch or Szetela
The Lange congressional map 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. The city of Ann Arbor and much of Washtenaw County 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.
This map doesn't make since Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are not communities of interest.
Avoids partisan gerrymandering better than Apple V2 or Szetela maps
Districts do not follow natural boundaries or clear community connections. It gives the appearance of political influence and undermines the confidence (and voice) of the voters.
Kim K Lindsey
Disregard my earlier comment. I find the whole process of clicking on the maps and leaving comments not ideal. I thought I was commenting on Apple V2, not Lange when I commented. I like this map, if I had to choose one to like.
Kim K Lindsey
this map totally fails at communities of interest and the lines dividing many counties are just bizarre.
This map violates the state constitution. I don't think more needs to be said than that. (d) Districts shall not provide a disproportionate advantage to any political party. A disproportionate advantage to a political party shall be determined using accepted measures of partisan fairness. (e) Districts shall not favor or disfavor an incumbent elected official or a candidate.
Penny K Wingate
This one is acceptable, though I see splitting communities of interest somewhat. But much better than Apple V2 and Szetela which I strongly disapprove.
This is the best Congressional Map.
This map is unacceptable because the resulting political party scores are grossly off. Please choose the Skelela map so our votes are accurately reflected.
It keeps Kent County whole within one congressional district and includes neighboring municipalities of counties that identify with the Grand Rapids metropolitan area
Splintering Downriver taking away their voice and identity with this gerrymandering next step, political castration then their local autonomy.
Suzanne L Zavala
All of Downriver is a community of interest. Basically we are one community. It seems these maps are dividing communities of interest rather than grouping them together for a more fair election. Wyandotte has very little in common with the Ann Arbor area and the more rural communities in the proposed District 6. Downriver communities work together for the benefit of the whole area. Many residence have very little to do with the western cities included in this map.
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.
Not a good map for West Michigan representation. Same situation as the current district 3 Gerrymander. There is some merit to combining city like areas like Grand Rapids and Muskegon, but there are too many country areas for fairness. Better to go with Apple V2 to better represent all these areas.
Why is Taylor being grouped with Detroit? These two cities have NOTHING in common. Downriver communities should have been grouped together.
This map is similar to the current congressional district 3. The map is constructed to add many rural areas to the greater Grand Rapids area to eliminate the possibility of getting a Democratic candidate elected.
Wow - I didn't realize common sense was so easy to recognize. This map finally keeps Midland whole and gives us assurance our representative will work for us!
This is the better of two ugly maps. It keeps Grand Rapids with surrounding communities instead of with the distant city of Muskegon.
Wayne R Meulendyk
YES to this map as my first choice. I looked only at Kent County. I think it is best to work geographically, ignoring political party and cultural heritage, keeping the district as geographically cohesive as possible.
Unfair map because Grand Rapids is with so many rural areas. Will have the same effect as the current district 3 Gerrymandered congressional map. The influence of large population Grand Rapids metro city areas is discounted. Go with Apple V2 to better represent all these areas.
This congressional plan looks to be the worst of the lot. It makes sense to keep Clinton, Eaton and Ingham together. Just looking at the shape of the 7th district screams gerrymander.
Matthew D. Horwitt
All the maps are unfair but the Lange map is the worst. It has Republican bias. It breaks up the Lansing region, while the others do not. Chestnut, Birch and Szetala are preferable. Map for Lansing Region district is less compact.
This is an unfair map for Michigan voters. Also, 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. Definitely a Republican influenced map.
Please keep Clinton County whole
This is an unfair map for Michigan voters. Also, 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.
This is an unfair partisan map for West Michigan and the state as a whole. It weakens the vote of large population Grand Rapids metro city areas by combining with rural townships. Apple V2 or Chestnut are much better to represent all these areas.
Lange is a Republican gerrymander. Republicans would have won in 2020, which was a Democratic year. It also splits up the Lansing region to accomplish that. Chestnut, Birch and Szetela are much fairer. You want to choose fairness, not bias.
Troy, Michigan belongs in Oakland County, not Macomb County.
This is an unfair partisan map for West Michigan and the state as a whole. This map has similar effects to the current district 3 Gerrymandered congressional map. It dilutes the influence of large population Grand Rapids metro city areas by combining with rural townships in Barry, Allegan and Ionia Counties. These townships do not want to be in the same district with Grand Rapids city as well. Better to go with Apple V2 or Chestnut to better represent all these areas.
David R. Luther
This map keeps Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Kalamazoo in their own Congressional Districts, ensuring that the interests of each municipal region are equally represented in Washington.
When will this commission draw a map that respects communities of interest for Washtenaw County?? I live in rural Saline Twp. District 6 would extend to Gross Ille, Southgate and Flat Rock?? Do your duty under the MI Constitution to keep communities of interest together.
Germaine Orville Kooiman
The Lange Plan is also a good plan in that it keeps Kent and Ottawa counties (fastest growing counties in MI in single congressional districts
This map makes sense for the city of Midland to be included with the watershed communities lying to the north as it has direct impacts (see flood of May 2020) on the city at large.
Although all the maps have a democrat bias, this map is better than the Szetela map.
The interests of Rochester Hills, Troy, Royal Oak and Ferndale are similar and interconnected (by Woodward Avenue and I75). Those interests are disconnected from Sterling Heights, St. Clair Shores and communities to the East. To expect a member of the U.S. House of Representative to adequately represent a hodgepodge of such very different communities is, I fear, asking too much.
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"!
This map is yet another disregard for the distinctions between Oakland and Macomb county cities and voters. Troy, and the cities north and south of it should be aligned with other Oakland County communities,
The worst of all the maps
THis is the worst of all the maps presented. This map looks like it was drawn specifically to give the most seats to the party that has the fewest votes.
This map does not keep Jackson County whole. Rather it puts the county in three different districts and 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. What a mess!
Lange is the most discriminatory map. It is seriously biased Republican and breaks up communities of interest. Please do not used this unfair map.
This is the least desirable proposed map for the Lansing Tri- county area . It is much more partisan and less compact than any of the other alternatives proposed for this area .
Lange Congressional map is the most unfair of all the proposed Congressional maps. Do not accept
I don't like this map: All the maps are unfair however this is the worst. Map for Lansing Region district is less compact. It undoes the work of other maps to treat Ingham-Eaton Clinton as a unified region.
This map doesn't represent the diversity of the capital city. It only includes parts of Clinton County and adds Jackson. The Birch Map seems more far to both parties and represents the regional culture and people better.
Laurence S Rosen
This map appears not to be very compact; it groups together diverse areas that are parts of several different metro areas, areas that do not necessarily have the same interests. This map appears to be biased towards rural areas and dilutes the influence of the largest population communities.
Roni Rucker Waters
Although all of the maps have a Republican bias, the Lange Map is the most biased of the choices. It splits up the Lansing region. Chestnut and Birch v2 are more fair choices.
This map is problematic in several ways. Statewide, it includes much more partisan bias than other maps. Adopting this map would be an endorsement of partisan gerrymandering, rather than a remedy for it. Also, it misses the boat on other constitutional criteria, such as compactness. Splitting the Ingham/Eaton/Clinton community of interest is also a problem. Chestnut and Birch are better choices for the commission.
As a resident of Lyndon Township, I am strongly opposed to splitting Lyndon Township between two districts. With few exceptions these residents are all in Washtenaw County school districts, in the Chelsea Area Fire Authority, in the Chelsea District Library, and share the Lyndon Township municipal fiber network. It is unfair to group northeastern Lyndon residents with a county with which they do not identify.
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
There are several much better maps: Sztela, Birch v2, Chestnut.
There are several much better maps: Sztela, Birch v2, Chestnut.
Ruth A Kell
This map is yet another disregard for the distinctions between Oakland and Macomb county cities and voters. Troy, and the cities north and south of it should be aligned with other Oakland County communities, which are largely professional and service businesses, retail and office, while Macomb is far more marine and industrial oriented. This district will be continuously in major conflict.
Awful map. Does not keep COI together. Split up in odd ways apparently only to even out numbers of voters, not COI's.
Not a good choice, since it only creates one competitive district. It is probably the MOST GERRRYMANDERED proposal of all. Chestnut is much better.
I would like to see the City of Midland and the County of Midland to stay together. We have more in common regarding flood issues than the other options.
The Apple V2 map divides counties that should be kept whole. The Chestnut congressional map is a far better option since it is less disruptive of county lines. This will disenfranchise many rural voters. Cities do not share the same concerns such as broadband internet. I implore you, please do not adopt this map.
Jennifer Leigh Umphress
Much improved from the last 10 years. Thank you.
This is the most unfair of all the proposed congressional maps.
I dislike this map. It does not keep Jackson county whole and needlessly divides it.
This is the most unfair map. All are biased in favor of Republicans by the commission's metrics of lopsided margin, mean-median difference and efficiency gap. This is the worst. It also is the least compact for the Lansing area. It undoes the work in other maps to treat Ingham-Eaton-Clinton as a unified region. Chestnut is best. Birch and Szetela are much better.
When you democrat partisans get your marching orders and all of you say the same thing it is obvious. Every democrat partisan is saying "fair or unfair".
Not in favor of the proposed changes. Delta Twn should not be merged with the rural areas of Eaton Cty. Also, the proposal shows Eaton Cty with 4-5 State Representatives. That’s way too many. It should be no more than two.
This is the most unfair of all the proposed congressional maps.
This map is great. It keeps our tightly knit community in Midland County together.
Made a mistake and hit wrong opinion button on previous comment. This is the most unfair of all proposed Congressional maps. Strongly dislike.
This is the most unfair of all the proposed Congressional maps. Unacceptable.
Thank you for taking the time to create so many maps. It feels like many of them contain the same districting, which makes them all feel suspect. District 10, which combines Troy, Royal Oak and Rochester and Berkely with St. Clair Shores and other eastern areas will quickly become unworkable, as it combines newer neighborhoods that have specific needs with older ones that have different needs. That's in infrastructure, schools, safety and nearly every other category.
This is the least fairest of all the maps.
This map is the worst of the maps for the US House of Representatives. The map for the Lansing region is less compact.
Arenac County has far more vested interests within the Bay/Saginaw County areas rather than the entirety of the northernmost counties including the UP.
David J Houck
Boo. Keep Jackson county in the same district.
This map is not balanced and unfairly represents urban areas
I do not like the LANGE 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/sewer services, no broadband and no public transportation. Ann Arbor has all of these things. If this map was used, Waterloo Township would not have a voice in Congress. Please do NOT use this map. The CHESTNUT Congressional map better represents my community of interest. Thank you.
This proposed map unnecessarily divides up the eastern side and the northern portion of Jackson County completely splitting up our current Community of Interest. Please do adopt this map.
This is the best map I have viewed. This keeps similar counties and districts intact.
The Lange congressional map does not keep the counties whole and appears the least reasonable for rural Jackson County of all the 5 options. It not only combines the eastern portion of Jackson County with Washtenaw County but also combines the northern portion of Jackson County with Ingham 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.
This map needlessly divides up parts of Jackson county.
This is a horrible map. It splits counties apart and "unpacks" Ann Arbor, which is simply a code word for gerrymandering for partisan purposes. Chestnut is a much fairer map.
Terrible map. Don't go there.
Chestnut remains the most fairly representative congressional map. This map pushes Troy with communities too far to the east to be able to provide fair representation. There are no COIs between the Oakland County jurisdictions here and the eastern jurisdictions of Macomb County.
This is not a good map for keeping Jackson County whole.
Bad map. Keep Jackson with the rest of the county!
This map is horrible. Splitting up our Jackson County community into 3 awkward districts? No, thank you.
Please stop the Redistricting, as this is Crooked, and Unconstitutional!
This is a good map. Keeps Midland County whole and with our watershed neighbors. This map makes good common sense.
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.
This map breaks up Jackson County and the community it serves into 3 different directions! This is a terrible map! Please remember that the law states that communities of interest must be a priority and that districts should not provide a disproportionate advantage for any political party. This map does not solve the issue of gerrymandering.
This map is less fair than other choices (Chestnut, Birch and Szetela)
Caron Maria Wootten
By far the worst example of of keeping our communities of interest and the best example of bias. As a Jackson city and Blackman Township resident and taxpayer I can find no logic in clumping our residents into Ingham County other than to pack and appease a Democrat agenda.
Districts should be created starting from a large urban nucleus. A congressional district is 775,000. If the urban nucleus population requires more people then add surrounding urban cities. Only three counties have a population greater than 775,000 people so neighboring counties should be combined to form districts. Try to minimize breaking county boundaries. Very simply. Only becomes complicated when gerrymandering is attempted. If people with the same views wish to live next to each other then they should be in the same district. If people wish to "unpack" themselves then move out of the comfortable urban center to a area where the mall is 70 miles away. Yeah right they would say just make those rural people live under my urban rule instead is the reply.
This map is the worst one of this group. It is very unfair from a partisan perspective and packs Democrats in too many places.
The Lange congressional 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.
I was informative and polite to this person back in September; she is still advocating for an election scheme based on county wide vote wins regardless of the population of said county. This is illegal, unconstitutional, and apparently of no concern to her because two months later on this map the same garbage is proposed. If you cannot understand how offensive it is to hear someone constantly suggest the ~1.7 million voters (an ethnically and racially diverse population who have faced historical voting discrimination) of Wayne County should be equivalent to the 2046 voters in Keweenaw County I don’t know how to explain it to you. Go back and read the referenced post. (W5859) I owe my Detroit neighbors the kindness of countering such blatant racism.
Rebecca S Smith
Comments from Alice are rude and unnecessary. Be kind please.
Rebecca S Smith
Finally a map that shows some common sense. Midland shares the same issues as the counties to the north and west. Thank you for the thought that went into this proposal.
Midland city and county should be kept together. This map looks like a good option for to keep the city and township whole along with aligning the river system together. It is important that those communities impacted by the 2020 and 2017 flooding be kept together to rebuild as a community what was destroyed. These dams and river systems withing these communities if separated, may never receive the needed support and funding needed to rebuild.
This map is biased towards Republicans and packs Democrats
This map is very unfair. Please don't pack Democrats. Pass Birch or Szetela.
This is the best map for the tri-cities! Please keep this for diverse communities!
I feel this map reflects for district 2 and 8 the best configuration to address community needs and growth
As in the Birch V3 plan, Muskegon County has no common interests with the mid state counties.
We already explained this to you on the comment portal.(w5859) You are either very dim or are a vicious anti-democratic bigot who doesn’t care about fairness, Ms. Weleski. I suggest the commission check said referenced exchange before deciding how much value to accord your comments on any proposed maps.
I do not understand why each county could not be "the district?" Can someone explain that to me? Gerrymandering is an unnecessary and divisive form of trying to control elections. I do not believe we need to do anything but continue to keep counties whole. That being said, Midland is very far from Flint. I do not think it is very practical to include them with Midland...especially where we see funds needed for the flood issues in Midland County.
Appreciate the work that this group is doing, I am happy to see Troy with some of it's Oakland county neighbours.
This map is the best of the so far but I don't think Kalamazoo and Portage cities should be part of the 4th. Kalamazoo with Ottawa is similar to having Kalamazoo with GR. I propose putting Kalamazoo and Portage in the 5th. Place Cass and St. Joe counties along with the 4 western townships of Kalamazoo County in the 4th.
Mary J Quehl
Thank you, commissioner Lange! I still see comments that state that Midland should be with the other tricity communities and Flint as we have more in common with them than Midland County. I would challenge anyone to line up 100 residents from within the city of Midland, also without mentioning this redistricting project, and ask them if they feel they have more in common with Flint or Midland County. Over 95% would say Midland County. I will take that bet all day long.
So far I like this map as it is the best option for Midland and Midland County. In regards to comments that state that Midland belongs with the tricities because it is not rural, I would state that Midland is DEFINATELY NOT A METRO city like Flint .
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.
This map is the best of all the finalists. It splits the fewest counties and is cleanest in West Michigan.
This is a great map! Keeps the watershed partners together to have one united voice for reconstruction and maintenance. Honors those who have suffered from flood and listens to their voices for fair representation. Thank you so much!!!!!!
So far this is the most fair map I’ve seen.
Fredrick L Queary
This map makes more sense. Midland County is kept whole.
Craig Michael Flietstra
For the West side of the state perspective, this is a very fair map
Why would we separate outlying areas of Clinton County from their more common neighbors with a district that is so oddly shaped. Move western Clinton County and Ionia County to District 2 and eastern/southern Clinton County to District 7.
This respects the realities in W Michigan, so it offers a better connection between representation and the underlying, growing communities.
Neil J. Lehto
There is a partisan fairness file under the shapefile link but its wrong, analyzing Republican data only. Also, curiously it says the file was last modified on November 8 at 5:17 p.m., hours after the deadline. Who created the file?
This is the most fair map of West MI of those proposed.
Susan Fegley McKee
Still don't like the sliver of Lyndon Township that gets placed separately from the rest of Washtenaw County
Still very disappointed to see this area zoned into district 9 instead of district 11 or 10. It doesn't make any sense to put any parts of Oakland county with district 9 and the entire thumb of Michigan. It makes even less sense to put this specific part of Oakland township into district 9 considering it is zoned into Rochester Community Schools yet most of the area zoned into this school district is in district 10 or 11. I am asking this area be zoned into district 10 or 11 for the sake of continuity for having constituents with common characteristics in the same district together.
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.
Just wondering why their is no Partisan fairness score but just shows Republican info? Makes me think this is not a good map
District 11 looks the best in this and similar maps.
Commission staff probably knows this, but the Partisan Fairness file for this map is broken. I am interested to see the election data for the 3rd, 7th, and 8th in particular, to see how those compare to Birch.
I can not think of any reason why Battle Creek would be in this district and excluded from communities like Kalamazoo and Jackson. It very disappointing and bad district for my community and doesn't reflect anything I know from living in the area.
The Commission received clear feedback that Clinton, Ingham, and Eaton should be together. Why put Clinton in the 2nd District instead of Ionia?
This does not reflect any effort to make the district reasonably compact, respect municipal boundaries or reflect communities of interest, three of the required criteria.
Midland belongs with the Tri-Cites. The other commissioner's already made a compromise with Commissioner Lange that Midland would its own State House seat, but she totally ignores that and makes both a State Senate and Congressional Seat that takes them away from the Tri-Cites. Midland City is not rural and we belong with other local cities that would better represent us.
This map dilute Chaldean voices in Rochester Hills, Troy and Sterling Heights. Apple V2 is the best congressional map!
This is an improvement over the original original and keeps Livingston whole and not with Ann Arbor.
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