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Legislative Redistricting

FROM THE FEBRUARY, 2017 ISSUE OF THE MICHIGAN VOTER (LWV-MI Newsletter)

Regarding redistricting, LWVMI has received many calls and emails asking about what we are doing on redistricting. The League is committed to educating Michigan citizens about redistricting... We have a lot of materials and a video on the website: http://www.lwvmi.org. There is a lot of education that needs to happen prior to a ballot proposal campaign. The League has not developed or joined any ballot proposal campaign yet. The League does support the establishment of an independent redistricting commission. If anything changes, we will let you know immediately.
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LWV Michigan is a member of the Michigan Redistricting Collaborative. Check out their website for further information.

SO WHAT IS THE EFFICIENCY GAP?

You may have heard about the Wisconsin lawsuit heading for Supreme Court review. It says the "efficiency gap" proves that current Wisconsin legislative districts are gerrymandered. But what, you wonder, is the efficiency gap? And what might it mean for Michigan?

A recent article in The Bridge (an on-line newsletter published by the Center for Michigan) describes the efficiency gap and what this calculation might mean for Michigan redistricting. Gerrymandering in Michigan is among the nation's worst, new test claims