Michigan Supreme Court allows gerrymandering vote on November ballot

Posted at 5:02 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 18:25:03-04

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled 4-3 on allowing Michiganders to vote on gerrymandering. If the ballot measure is passed in November, a bipartisan commission would be in charge of redrawing district lines. 

 “I felt like it was going to get passed," said Jeremy Stuart, a volunteer for Represent.Us, a bipartisan nonprofit organization. "It would be insane for it not to be but I’m very excited, it’s a very exciting day,”

The measure would also prohibit redrawing political lines so those running for office can pick who their voters are. 

Chief Justice Stephan Markman was one of the three who voted against the ballot measure, stating the vote would impose “governance by 13 randomly selected people entirely lacking in any democratic or electoral relationship with the other 10 million people of this state or its elected representatives.”

Most voters in Detroit say they are happy they will be able to vote on this issue.

“What gives lawmakers the right to decide where the lines are, you live in a certain district, you live in a certain district, you live certain street, thaws where it counts,” said Macomb County resident Belinda Spencer.