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Bipartisan effort to take redistricting out of politicians’ hands moves forward

Jul 6, 2017

"Power to the people."

That slogan so widely used in the 1960s is the driving force behind a push to change the way Michigan draws its legislative and Congressional districts.

The group Voters Not Politicians has firmed up language for a voter petition to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot for November 2018.

The amendment would overhaul Michigan's redistricting process.

Katie Fahey is the President of Voters Not Politicians and the group's slogan is "voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around." Fahey joined Stateside to talk about what the group is trying to accomplish.

"We're trying to take the power of redistricting, drawing voting maps, and taking it away from the legislators that have something to benefit from drawing maps in their favor and bringing it back to the people," Fahey said. "Letting it be a fair and transparent process that helps us have our votes counted instead of being manipulated."

Listen to the full interview to hear about what they've heard from voters at their town hall meetings, the tall task they have to collect signatures, and about similar efforts that are taking place in other states.

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