Michigan Supreme Court Denies Extension for Redistricting Commission

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled against extending the existing November deadline for redrawing voting districts.

Mi Redistricting Commission Pkg 6The Michigan Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission says the U.S. Census data needed to redraw districts has been delayed due to several factors, including the pandemic.

The data is not expected to be released until mid-August, which could set back the redistricting commission’s plans until January.

The Michigan Supreme Court did conclude, however, that the delay of the data is through no fault of the commission.

The redistrictinng commission says they’re thankful to receive a decision from the court, and will do whatever they can do meet the November 21 deadline.

“It might be a setback for some, but it doesn’t change our focus to have fair and transparent maps through public engagement,” said Communications and Outreach Director Edward Woods III. “We’re still available for town halls, we’re still available for presentations.”

The commission does not have any plans to go back to court to seek relief again.