250,000 Michigan voters will be receiving applications to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
A random name draw was held yesterday in Lansing. It’s part of the process established when voters approved the independent redistricting process last November.
The law actually requires that only 10,000 random applications be released. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said they decided on the higher number because this is the first time it’s been done.
Packets will be mailed by the end of the year.
If you don’t receive a packet, you may still apply to serve on the commission. Applications are available at RedistrictingMichigan.org. They must be filled out, notarized, and submitted by June 1st.
In June, 200 finalists will be randomly selected – 60 self-identified Republicans, 60 self-identified Democrats, and 80 self-identified independents.
The final 13-member citizen commission will be seated late next summer.
It will have exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress.