The new districts have survived court challenges. But some Black Democrats say they ‘screwed things up’ and will hurt voters, particularly in Detroit.
Michigan’s 8th state Senate Democratic primary embodies questions of representation and equity raised by redistricting
America’s Blackest city may face a future without a Black representative in Congress, thanks to new political districts and competition among Democrats.
The suit claims the districts violate the constitution because they don’t have even populations. One of the plaintiffs is challenging Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for re-election.
Other states have ‘unpacked’ districts to make legislatures more competitive without diluting minority voices. Can Michigan?
African Americans, Bangladeshis, and Latinos all told the state’s redistricting commission how to draw districts representative of their communities. Some are happy. Most are not.
Proposed maps by a citizen group redrawing political boundaries would pit several incumbents against each other and eliminate one of two majority-minority districts.
Michigan’s population is flat, but districts that are heavily Democratic tended to lose more residents than Republican areas, according to a Bridge Michigan analysis. Rep. Dan Kildee’s district lost the most.
One of four Michigan residents are nonwhite. Two of 14 state representatives in Congress are people of color. As district maps get redrawn, advocates seek a greater voice.
Local organizations, volunteers say education is key to getting applicants of color and Detroit youth to apply to sit on the redistricting commission.