Grand Traverse Residents Apply for Redistricting Commission

Last year, voters amended the state constitution to make citizens, not legislators or special interests, responsible for drawing new district lines for the Michigan Senate, State House, and US Congress.

Now, the Secretary of State is asking those interested in serving on the new redistricting committee to submit an application.

On Tuesday, her department held their first workshop in the Grand Traverse Region at Northwestern Michigan College, inviting the community to learn more about the redistricting process and applying.

Traverse City resident Meg Ackerman says she’s happy for the opportunity to apply. “I think we need good representation from across the state so I think Traverse City, Northern Michigan and Southern Michigan, the UP,” says Ackerman. “I might as well throw my name in the hat and I hope a lot of people do so that they can have the opportunity to get good representation.”

All eligible Michigan voters are encouraged to apply to serve on the commission, which does not require any special skills or expertise. More information is available at RedistrictingMichigan.org.