Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Michigan Over Partisan Gerrymandering

First a petition to change the way congressional districts are drawn in Michigan, and now a lawsuit over the same thing.

Opponents of partisan gerrymandering have filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Michigan, saying Republican-drawn congressional districts are unfair.

The suit was filed by the Michigan League of Women Voters and 11 Democrats.

They say the GOP-led Legislature in 2011 intentionally tilted the maps “heavily against” Democrats and in favor of Republicans.

A group in Michigan also filed a petition this week for a 2018 ballot initiative to empower an independent commission to draw lines instead of the legislature.