New guide explores redistricting

LANSING – The Michigan Campaign Finance Network today announced the availability of new publication from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, A Citizen’s Guide to Redistricting.

The Citizen’s Guide is a comprehensive look at the rules for drawing political district lines, including a description of how redistricting works today, how it could work in the future, and why redistricting reform matters. It presents easy-to-follow graphics as well as in-depth, state-by-state analysis of different redistricting processes.

Redistricting has been a contentious decennial process in Michigan. Done poorly, it can unfairly favor incumbents, dilute minority votes, and split communities apart. Redistricting determines which communities are represented and how vigorously, which in turn helps determine which laws are passed by the legislature.

“The release of this excellent report is perfectly timed,” said Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. “Redistricting work will begin soon after the 2010 census, and the Citizen’s Guide raises all the right questions and provides many valuable insights for just and equitable redistricting procedures.”

A Citizen’s Guide to Redistricting can be ordered from the Brennan Center for Justice by email: redistricting@nyu.edu; or phone: (212) 998-6752. The Citizen’s Guide is also available through the Michigan Campaign Finance Network: email: mcfn@mcfn.org; or phone (517) 482-7198. The guide is also available online in pdf.

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