Rep. Jeremy Moss (above left) of Southfield and Rep. Jon Hoadley (above right) of Kalamazoo are working hard every day to bring fairness and transparency to our state's government. Unfortunately, because politicians rig the electoral maps, representation in the Michigan Legislature does not align with the will of the people.
“In Michigan, the current rules let politicians draw legislative maps to choose the voters they want. Voters should be the ones doing the choosing,” said Rep. Jon Hoadley.
Rep. Hoadley has introduced a state constitutional amendment, House Joint Resolution B, to allow for a citizen’s nonpartisan redistricting commission, while Rep. Moss introduced House Bill 4122, a companion bill to create the new nonpartisan citizen’s redistricting commission in law.
Together, the bill and joint resolution would address the process commonly known as gerrymandering, in which elected officials determine the district lines for future elections, crafting them to ensure that themselves or their party continue to remain in power. To curb this practice, the new legislation creates a nonpartisan citizen redistricting commission comprised of regular citizens who would be tasked with creating district maps that are constitutional, compliant with the Voting Rights Act, contiguous, geographically relevant and not drawn to protect incumbents.