Michigan board approves redistricting measure for ballot

Jun 20, 2018

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Michigan voters likely will be asked if they want to create a commission to draw districts for seats in Congress and the state Legislature.

The Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved the ballot petition Wednesday.

A group opposed to the November ballot question has filed an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court. The campaign is led by a group called Voters Not Politicians. The group is proposing a state constitutional amendment to take the job of drawing districts away from lawmakers and give it to an independent commission.

The state elections bureau says Voters Not Politicians gathered 394,000 valid signatures, more than the roughly 315,000 needed to reach the ballot.