Michigan redistricting panel OKs mapping process, schedule

Elections

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission meets at the MSU Union in East Lansing on Aug. 19, 2021.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s redistricting commission has approved a process and schedule to adopt congressional and legislative maps by year’s end.

The 10-2 vote Thursday came after commissioners changed course and decided to initially bounce between crafting U.S. House, state Senate and state House districts rather than go one at a time.

The schedule calls for drafting to begin Friday and end Oct. 8, when the panel will publish draft maps.

Public hearings will be held Oct. 11-28. The commission will vote on proposed maps Nov. 5. A public comment period will start Nov. 14.

The panel could finalize district lines Dec. 30.

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