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Analysis: GOP could win big in new voting maps

Proposed state house and senate maps created by an independent panel could still favor Republicans.

New voting maps proposed by the state’s independent redistricting commission could still favor Republicans in upcoming elections. That’s according to an analysis by Bridge Michigan.

The commission is the first to take the once-a-decade redistricting process out of the hands of politicians. The process is meant to result in maps that more accurately reflect the political makeup of the state.

Compared against the presidential election in 2020 and the U.S. Senate election in 2018, proposed state house districts would result in a 58-52 split in favor of Republicans.

In the state senate, Democrats could win one or two additional seats with Republicans still dominating in that chamber.

There is still a ways to go before these maps become law. They have to be checked against the Voting Rights Act and for partisan fairness. The commission will vote on the finalized maps by December 30 at the earliest.

[Bridge Michigan]