League of Women Voters Host Redistricting Forum in Bloomfield Township
The League of Women Voters Oakland Area will host a public forum on redistricting in Oakland County and Michigan, and how to improve the process moving forward Saturday at the Bloomfield Township Public Library.
The program runs from 10 a.m. to noon and will feature presentations on the 2011 redistricting process and approaches used by other states, followed by a facilitated discussion about ideas for reform. The featured speaker is Christina Kuo, senior director of public policy and public affairs for the Michigan Nonprofit Association.
This event is the latest in a series of discussions hosted by local Leagues around the state to examine the different ways that states draw political districts and how voters’ interests are affected. Redistricting has been an ongoing battle in Oakland County.
In December, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill in December that reduced the number of Oakland County commissioners from 25 to 21. The controversial legislation allowed the elected commissioners — mostly Republicans — to draw the new county commission districts. The bill quickly passed through the state legislature after the Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling in favor of the five-member Apportionment Commission's 3-2 vote to redraw the maps, a vote which went right down party lines.