Court orders re-districting measure go on ballot
LANSING — The Michigan Court of Appeals is ordering the state elections board to certify a re-districting proposal for the November ballot.
The court ruled 3-0 this month.
It rejected a group's argument that the ballot committee Voters Not Politicians wants to amend so many parts of the state constitution that a constitutional convention is required and that the proposal does not list all of the sections of the constitution that would be abrogated.
The measure would empower an independent commission to draw legislative and congressional lines once a decade. It is currently done by the Legislature, leading to criticism of partisan gerrymandering.
The conservative group that sued, Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution, said it will appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.