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REDISTRICTING
(2007-06-18)
(wgvu) - MICHIGAN'S METHOD OF REDRAWING
CONGRESSIONAL AND LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS COULD BECOME LESS PARTISAN
UNDER A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED IN THE STATE CAPITOL.
STATE LAWMAKERS NOW MAP THEIR OWN SEATS AND CONGRESSIONAL
DISTRICTS ONCE EVERY 10 YEARS, USUALLY FAVORING THEIR OWN POLITICAL
PARTIES.
A MEASURE INTRODUCED BY DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR GLENN ANDERSON
WOULD TURN OVER REDISTRICTING DUTIES TO A NINE-MEMBER INDEPENDENT
COMMITTEE.
ANDERSON SAYS THE PURPOSE IS TO CREATE MORE COMPETITIVE SEATS IN
A STATE WHOSE PARTISAN MAKEUP IS NEARLY EVENLY SPLIT BETWEEN
REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS.
THE MEASURE WOULD NEED THE TWO-THIRDS SUPPORT OF BOTH THE HOUSE
AND SENATE BEFORE HEADING TO A STATEWIDE BALLOT.

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