Breaking down Proposal 2

Prop 2 Redistricting Measure (WWMT)

Out of the three proposals that voters in the state of Michigan passed, Proposal 2 might be the most confusing.

Proposal 2 was proposed to eliminate gerrymandering. What is gerrymandering? It is the creation of election districts favorable to the political party in control of the legislative body.

The new commission will be made up of 13 members: four Republicans, four Democrats and five members without party affiliation. The commission will create the new district to make the boundaries more even, both geographically and politically. They will also provide more transparency in the process and allow for more public involvement.

The new redistricting will be for the 2022 election by using the 2020 Census. As long as the proposal isn't challenged in court by Dec. 1, 2019, the timeline is:

  • Jan. 1, 2020 – Secretary of State’s office makes available applications for commission membership
  • June 1, 2020 – Application deadline
  • Sept. 1, 2020 – Members selected
  • Oct. 15, 2020 – Deadline for commission to hold its first meeting
  • Nov. 1, 2021 – New redistricting plan must be adopted

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