Justice

Voting advocates plan redistricting town hall

A panel is seeking input from the community on drawing new voting lines.

Once every decade, Michigan gets to redraw its voting map. This decade’s redistricting is a little different than usual – it’s taking into account the perspectives of people and groups in the communities that will be effected.

The League of Women Voters of the Kalamazoo Area wants people in southwest Michigan to know the impact their voices can have on the process. That’s the reasoning behind a virtual town hall planned for Thursday evening.

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The session will include a brief presentation from the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) – the committee charged with redrawing voting lines. The purpose is to teach groups how to present their concerns to the commission.

By law, MICRC is supposed to strive to keep “Communities of Interest” together. A community of interest is loosely defined, but could include anything from Hispanic American groups to economic organizations.

The town hall is being held on Zoom and is cosponsored by the Public Media Network.

You can register here.

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