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3 new commissioners chose for Michigan’s redistricting commission, first job to redraw the districting maps

UPDATE 1/3/24 5:45 p.m.

There are now three new commissioners on the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commissioners.

The State Department randomly selected three names Wednesday.

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Republican Marcus Muldoon is joined by democrats Elaine Andrade and Donna Callaghan. They have been appointed after three redistricting commissioners resigned all within a week of each other last month.

The redistricting commission was also ordered by a judge on Wednesday to jointly submit a proposed timeline for the redrawing of Michigan’s districting maps. This comes after Detroit democrats won their case against the redistricting commission over the maps that needed to be redrawn due to Black voters being misrepresented.

They are also asking for five potential special master candidates who would be involved in the process. They’re expected to consider those recommendations on Friday.

The commission’s deadline for the redraw is April 23.

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UPDATE 12/26/23 4:15 p.m.

The drawing on Jan. 3 will now replace three commissioners, two Democrats and one Republican, who submitted their resignations.

12/20/23 10:45 p.m.

A change is coming to Michigan’s commission in charge of drawing up legislative districts.

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Dustin Witjes, a Democratic member of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission handed in his resignation Wednesday.

Now, the Secretary of State’s Office will hold a random selection on Jan. 3 to pick a new Democratic commissioner.

The 13 member Redistricting Commission is made up of republicans, democrats and independents, and it was created after Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2018 that took the drawing of representative election districts out of the hands of the state legislature.

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