Michigan League of Women Voters sues state for gerrymandering

Dec 26, 2017
Originally published on December 22, 2017 8:00 pm

The Michigan League of Women voters is taking on the state. It says Michigan's legislative districts as currently drawn are unfair. It accuses the state and Republican controlled Legislature of drawing the district lines in secret back in 2011, then rushing the electoral map through the legislative process.

The lawsuit asks a court to declare the current electoral map unconstitutional. It also asks the court to require the state to redraw the lines fairly.

“What’s at stake is the future of our voters here in Michigan having their votes count,” says the League's Judy Karandjeff.

“Michigan’s gerrymandered districts have proven to yield equally unequal results at a time when our country is equally divided,” she said.

A spokesperson for the governor’s office says they haven’t reviewed the lawsuit yet and that the office doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

How the state draws its district lines in the future could be decided by voters in 20-18. A group recently turned in signatures to put the issue on the state ballot.

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