Democrats and some advocacy groups say Republicans rushing redistricting

Jun 16, 2011

Redistricting is taking place this year because of the changes in population found by the 2010 U.S. Census.

Republicans are in control in Michigan, and they get to draw the new political maps which will delineate new political districts for the Michigan Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives for the next ten years.

Democrats and other advocacy groups are complaining about the process.

From the Associated Press:

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Majority Republicans are working to redraw the lines for Michigan's legislative and congressional districts by July 1, and Democrats and nonpartisan citizen advocacy groups say the process is moving too quickly.

Republicans plan to release their proposed U.S. House and Michigan House maps by noon Friday. Minority Democrats plan to release a Michigan House map at the same time.

Whatever maps are adopted will determine the lines of those seats for the next 10 years. Michigan Senate maps will be out next.

Lawmakers have until Nov. 1 to pass redistricting laws, but Republicans say they want to finish drawing legislative and congressional districts before they take their summer break.

House Democrats called Thursday for Republicans to give voters the summer to comment on the maps.