Organizers for Michigan anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative plan to turn in petitions Monday

click to enlarge Organizers for Michigan anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative plan to turn in petitions Monday
Courtesy of Voters Not Politicians Facebook page

Organizers from the grassroots Voters Not Politicians group say they have more than enough signatures needed to get an anti-gerrymandering initiative on the ballot and plan to drop the petitions off in Lansing on Monday.

In a press release, the organization says it has approximately 180 boxes of petitions containing nearly 450,000 signatures — more than the required 315,654 needed to get on the ballot in November 2018.

A press event is planned for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18 at the Michigan Bureau of Elections, Richard H. Austin Building, 430 W. Allegan St., Lansing.

Last year, gerrymandering — the redrawing of districts to manipulate voter outcomes — resulted in Michigan's Republicans getting outsize representation in the State House. But the organization takes pains to note it is non-partisan and simply seeks to make politics more fair. The group is proposing amending Michigan's state constitution to establish a 13-member citizens' commission to redraw the districting maps, made up of five independent voters plus four each from the two major parties.

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