Thursday, March 14, 2019

You can learn more about Michigan's anti-gerrymandering redistricting process at these town hall discussions

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 12:32 PM

click to enlarge A Voters Not Politicians volunteer dressed up as a gerrymandered district. - COURTESY VOTERS NOT POLITICIANS FACEBOOK
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  • A Voters Not Politicians volunteer dressed up as a gerrymandered district.

Michigan residents will soon have the opportunity to learn about the state's redistricting process at statewide town hall events organized by Voters Not Politicians.
In November, Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed Proposal 2, the citizen-initiated ballot proposal designed to put an end to gerrymandering. The proposal put forth by Voters Not Politicians called for an independent redistricting commission to redraw the state's political district.

According to the proposal outline, the 13 committee members would be randomly selected by the secretary of state to include four registered Republicans, four registered Democrats, and five independents not registered to either party. To ensure objectivity, the committee members would not be allowed to hold office, run for office, be certain kinds of lobbyists, or have strong ties to partisan actors.

Voters Note Politicians announced on Thursday a schedule of town hall events to educate individuals about the new redistricting process and how residents can get involved.

The nonpartisan grassroots organization will be holding 18 town hall meetings across lower Michigan and one event in Houghton.

Upcoming events are listed below and are subject to change. Admission is free but RSVP is required. More information can be found at

March 14 at 7:30 p.m. – Ann Arbor Town Hall
Washtenaw Community College
Crane Liberal Arts Building, Room 275
4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor

March 19 at 7 p.m. – Jackson Town Hall
Jackson Carnegie Library
244 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson

March 20 at 6:30 p.m. – Lansing Town Hall
Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing
5509 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing

March 21 at 6 p.m. – Grand Rapids Town HallAquinas College, Donnelly Center
157 Woodward Ln. SE., Grand Rapids

March 22 at 6:30 p.m. – Ferndale Town Hall
Affirmations, Community Room
290 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale

March 23 at 2 p.m. – Kalamazoo Town Hall
First Congregational Church
345 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo

March 26 at 7 p.m. – Muskegon Town Hall
Muskegon Community College Sturrus Technology Center
Room 122 - Student Center, 388 W. Clay Ave., Muskegon

March 26 at 7 p.m. – Livonia Town Hall
Disabled American Veterans Chapter Hall
30905 Plymouth Rd., Livonia

March 27 at 7 p.m. – Pontiac Town Hall
Crofoot Ballroom
1 S Saginaw St., Pontiac

March 28 at 6:30 p.m. – Dearborn Town Hall
Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium
16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

March 28 at 7 p.m. – Houghton Town Hall
Portage Lake District Library
58 Huron St., Houghton

March 28 at 7 p.m. – Garden City Town Hall
Maplewood Community Center
31735 Maplewood St., Garden City

March 31 at 2:30 p.m. – Farmington Hills Town Hall
Farmington Hills Public Library
32737 W. 12 Mile Road., Farmington Hills

March 31 at 2 p.m. – Ypsilanti Town Hall
Ypsilanti Senior Center
1015 N Congress St., Ypsilanti

April 3 at 6:30 p.m. – Monroe Town Hall
Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe
610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe

April 4 at 7 p.m. – Royal Oak Town Hall
Royal Oak Public Library
222 E Eleven Mile Rd., Royal Oak

April 7 at 2 p.m. – Lapeer Town Hall
Marguerite deAngeli Library
921 W Nepessing St., Lapeer

April 9 at 6 p.m. – East Lansing Town Hall
RCAH Theater (Terrace Level) at Snyder-Phillips Hall,
362 Bogue St., East Lansing

April 12 at 7 p.m. – Port Huron Town Hall
Dodge Auditorium, St. Clair County Administration Building
200 Grand River Ave., Port Huron

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