Redistricting in Michigan: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters?

Thursday October 29, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA) hosts this educational Town Hall on redistricting. The presentation will explore how legislative lines are drawn in Michigan, who draws them and why it is a critically important question for those concerned about fair representation. The speaker is Susan Smith, Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.

In Michigan, the district lines are drawn by elected officials in the legislature, effectively allowing politicians to choose their voters and giving the political party in power at the time a tremendous advantage. What are the ramifications of partisan-drawn districts that favor one party over another? Is there a better and fairer way to do this? What are the alternatives?