Oakland County residents can speak out tonight about the process of drawing legislative districts both at state and federal level.
A public town hall is being held at 7 p.m. tonight at The Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road, an event sponsored by the nonpartisan Voters Not Politicians Committee in conjunction with the grassroots group County MI Vote.
Similar events have been held in Wayne and Macomb County.
According to an event press releases, these town hall focus on “taking the power to draw district away from professional politicians who
benefit from those decisions, and giving it to Michigan citizens”.
“We intend to begin collecting signatures in the spring,” said Voters Not Politicians spokesperson Katie Fahey. “But before the final language for an important proposed change to our state’s constitution is written, we want to hear from people all across Michigan.”
Voters Not Politicians will propose amending the constitution so that a panel of Michigan citizens will decide the boundary lines for both congressional and state legislative districts.
The process is now totally controlled by the State Legislature and Governor, according to the committee.
The ballot committee must collect 315,654 valid signatures within a 180-day period to qualify for a November 2018 referendum. Admission to the Town Halls is free on a first-come, first-seated basis.
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