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Big changes in Michigan’s proposed Congressional map

The new Congressional map for Michigan would leave some districts without incumbents while others duke it out in overlapping districts.

Some congresspeople are likely to be a little disappointed if a new Congressional map proposed for Michigan is accepted. That’s because it dramatically alters the way congressional districts are laid out in the state.

The draft map is the latest put out by Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission – a first-of-its-kind panel meant to redraw voting lines based on the most recent census.

The proposal for congressional districts results in some incumbents winding up in districts with other incumbents. Meanwhile, the map would create two districts without incumbents.

The state lost a seat in Congress due to the results of the 2020 census. Some of the remaining seats could be more competitive when congressional elections come around next year.

The proposed 3rd district would encompass areas already being served by two representatives. The 10th would pit three incumbents against each other. At the same time, the proposed 5th and 13th districts have no existing representatives, making them interesting races to watch in 2022.

The redistricting commission hopes to vote on the new maps by the end of December.

[Bridge Michigan, MLive]