Redistricting Reform

Much of what ails Michigan’s democracy—from low voter turnout, to the low number of truly competitive elections, to the tendency of many elected officials to put partisanship and toeing the party line above genuinely serving the needs of their constituents—can be attributed to the way in which our state does legislative redistricting.

In 2012, despite a close overall vote in our Congressional elections, with 50% of all votes going to Democratic candidates, and 46% going to Republicans, it is remarkable that only one race was truly close, and that most races were won in a landslide. Our current system of partisan redistricting distorts the very concept of one person, one vote, by letting elected officials choose the voters they would like to have in their districts. Common Cause supports the creation of a Citizens Redistricting Commission whose members would not be beholden to elected officials.

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