Civil rights

Redistribution Cards Violate Federal Law


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A new analysis comes after months of charting and arguing and marathon hearings about what Michigan’s electoral landscape will look like. Analysis indicates that the cards would violate federal law and if passed could affect just about every voter in the state.

That’s the opinion of the state’s Department of Civil Rights, which sent a scathing new look at the new maps of Michigan’s changing political districts. The state loses a seat in Congress after population decline.

The cards, from the state’s independent redistribution commission, were originally five. They were changed to three at a meeting earlier this month.

“The maps under study do not meet the requirements of the law, and do not meet the test of justice and equity which should be the objective of this Commission”, explains the author of the analysis. DR. Jérôme Reide wrote.

Under federal law, the commission must designate constituencies that do not take away the right to vote from majority-minority communities. In particular, in cities like Flint, Hamtramack or Detroit. It aims to ensure that every voice and every voter has a chance to be heard, which impacts everything from schools to the pandemic, jobs and public safety.

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In response, a commission spokesperson said: “We trust the advice received from our voting rights lawyer.”

It’s also because the University of Michigan said the census underestimated tens of thousands of Detroiters this year. Mayor Mike Duggan talks about these findings on “Flashpoint” with our Devin Scillian.

“One of the things the U of M found was that the post office was delivering mail to a lot more homes than the census office had found, and if they had just followed the postman, they would have had a better tally, ”Duggan said.

Related: Mayor: Research shows Detroit was underestimated in 2020 census

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Time is also running out, due to delays in the census the committee had less time to develop these maps and is expected to vote on the final maps from December 28 with midterm elections not far away.

Dr Reide also said in his analysis that there is still time to redraw these maps. Either way, these cards are expected to face legal challenges from all parts of the political spectrum, which means this fight is far from over.

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