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Agreement on Redistricting Lawsuit Reached

Feb 01, 2019

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the League of Women Voters have reached an agreement regarding the league’s claims challenging the constitutionality of the 2011 redistricting of Michigan’s state legislative and Congressional districts. As part of the agreement, the league agreed to drop all claims challenging the constitutionality of the Senate and Congressional districts. The proposed settlement concludes that 11 of the 110 House districts were drawn in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The agreement gives the current state legislature the opportunity to redraw those districts for submission to the court. The new districts would use the same population data relied upon in the maps drawn in 2011. However, they would remain in place only for the 2020 elections, after which new districts would be drawn using the newest census data. Judges Eric Clay, Denise Page Hood, and Gordon Quist of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division will rule on the consent decree.

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