Justice

New draft voting maps shake up status quo

A state redistricting panel has finalized several draft maps for new voting districts and few incumbents are safe.

A state redistricting panel has four possible maps for new congressional voting districts and they all promise to change the political landscape in Michigan.

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is in the midst of a once-a-decade realignment of voting districts meant to following a changing population. The most recent census left the state with one fewer seat in Congress, a fact that will already alter Michigan’s representation.

The four new maps were approved Monday and will now go before the citizens as part of upcoming public hearings.

An analysis by Bridge Michigan shows the new maps would be much more competitive than the one we have now. Current districts – drawn by the Republican legislature ten years ago – resulted in safe seats for both parties. The new maps promise to pit Republicans against Democrats in fairly even races.

Some of the new maps also result in districts where incumbents will have to run against each other for seats in 2022. Others have districts with no incumbents at all.

Proposed state house maps also shake things up politically. Three new maps would mostly give Republicans a slight edge in 2022 based on past voting habits, but not by much.

[Bridge Michigan]