Redistricting in Michigan and the Role of Communities of Interest
February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Policy Talks @ the Ford School/CLOSUP Lecture Series
The Next Big Thing: Redistricting in Michigan and the Role of Communities of Interest
Free and open to the public. Register for a reminder here.
The viewing link will be emailed one week before the event.
In 2018 Michigan voters approved a Constitutional amendment to change how redistricting is done in the state, removing the process from the purview of the state legislature and placing it in the hands of a new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC). The amendment also prescribes priorities the ICRC must address when drawing new district maps, placing the concept of “communities of interest” (COIs) near the top of the list.
While COIs have been a part of redistricting in other states, this is a new concept in Michigan, and is not yet widely understood. This webinar will help educate stakeholders about COIs: what they are, the role they will play in Michigan’s new redistricting process, and how they can strategize and engage effectively in that process.
The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), the Program in Practical Policy Engagement, Detroit Public TV, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Voters Not Politicians, the citizen-led grassroots organization that spearheaded the effort to pass the amendment.
For more information visit https://fordschool.umich.edu/event/2021/communities-interest-michigans-new-redistricting-process
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