Redistricting panel advances congressional, Senate maps

Elections

FILE – 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 overwhelmingly voted to advance proposed congressional and state Senate maps to the final stage of the process, approving lines that would be fairer to Democrats than those drawn by Republican lawmakers in the last two decades.

It’s the first time the panel has submitted plans for a closing 45-day comment period.

It’s unclear if commissioners may offer additional alternative Senate and U.S. House proposals later in the week or stand pat.

They are still working on state House boundaries.

They face a Friday deadline to propose maps, with votes on final maps expected by late December.

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