By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – The Michigan Redistribution Panel voted on Monday to advance several draft congressional and legislative maps to public hearings and gave commissioners more time to submit their own plans.
The proposals that received support were co-developed by the committee of four Democrats, four Republicans and five members who do not belong to any of the major parties.
They would be fairer to Democrats than the gerrymandered lines created by the GOP-controlled legislature after the 2010 census. They could also offer more opportunities to elect minority candidates, although the black community fears the “unboxing” Excessive Democratic voters may in fact result in fewer black lawmakers.
The commissioners have until Thursday morning to deposit the maps they have drawn or will draw individually. The public will be able to weigh in on those plans and the collaborative plans at five hearings Oct. 20-26 in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Gaylord and Flint.
The panel plans to vote on November 5 on the proposed cards and, after a 45-day comment period, to adopt the final cards by the end of the year – two months late due to a related delay. pandemic in census data.
“We are going to make changes to these maps,” said MC Rothhorn, a Democratic commissioner.
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