Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Disappointed By Supreme Court’s Redistricting Decision

The gerrymandering decision by the Supreme Court will not have a major impact the state’s effort to redistrict its voting map.

The Supreme Court decided the state legislature won’t be forced to redraw legislative and congressional districts for the 2020 election.

This lawsuit only pertains to the 2020 election.

Michigan voters in November approved a constitutional amendment where a commission has to redistricting process after the 2020 census.

That commission’s voting maps will affect the 2022 election and beyond.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said gerrymandering undermines the basic idea of open and free elections.

She said in a statement she’s disappointed in the Supreme Courts’ decision, despite other courts declaring partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional.

Governor Whitmer says voters passing the November proposal was crucial to ensuring fair maps and fair representation.

Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson who holds the office behind making sure the state’s elections go smoothly is also commenting on the voting map.

She says the Supreme Court’s decision makes it even more important that last fall Michigan voters took the process of drawing district lines out of the hands of politicians and placed it squarely in the hands of our citizens.

She goes on to say the state will move forward to implement the commission for the 2022 elections.