Breaking Down the 100 Words on Proposal 2

Posted on October 26, 2018



Now that some voters either have their absentee ballots or are looking up their sample ballots online and will soon be heading to the polls, we wanted to break down what the ballot summary of Proposal 2 means.

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Former Republican and Democrat Lawmakers Share Their Gerrymandering Tales

Posted on October 25, 2018



Who better to tell the story of how Michigan election district maps have been rigged in favor of politicians than former lawmakers?


Former Republican House Speaker Rick Johnson, former Republican lawmakers Mickey Knight and Bill Bobier, and former Democratic lawmaker Barb Byrum sat down to discuss the history of gerrymandering in Michigan and their experiences as elected officials.


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Commission Mapping Criteria

Posted on July 07, 2018



This November, Michigan voters will have the opportunity to end partisan gerrymandering. We can change the status quo where politicians meet behind closed doors to manipulate election maps by creating a new process that is fair, impartial, and transparent. The Voters Not Politicians solution includes a set of strict criteria to replace the loose guidelines that are supposedly followed by politicians today. This set of criteria ensures that the Commission does not manipulate election map lines with partisan bias. But what is the criteria?


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The Gerrymander on Big Data

Posted on May 16, 2018



Voters should choose their politicians - not the other way around. But today’s politicians use big data and advanced technology to manipulate voting maps in their favor, and lately, they’ve gotten alarmingly good at it.


Though gerrymandering has been around since the 1800’s - when politicians used paper maps and bow compasses - the practice of drawing lines for partisan gain has evolved rapidly. Thanks to big data, which can be used to predict voter behavior, and advanced computer programming, politicians and their highly paid consultants can draw districts with extreme precision to guarantee election outcomes decade after decade.


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How the Policy Was Drafted

Posted on April 29, 2018



This November, Michiganders will vote to amend our constitution to create a fair, impartial, and transparent redistricting process. The proposed policy will establish an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission comprised of ordinary voters. But who wrote the proposed policy, and how?


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10,000 Maps to Show That We Can Do Better

Posted on March 29, 2018



Michiganders across the state are ready to draw the line to stop the partisan manipulation by politicians and lobbyists when they draw our election maps behind closed doors. That’s why over 425,000 Michiganders signed Voters Not Politicians’ petition to put an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission on the November 2018 ballot that would put voters - not politicians - in charge of drawing our district boundaries. Allowing politicians and their lobbyists the power to pick their voters is a conflict of interest and gives them an unfair advantage to keep themselves in power. But what is the basis for this argument – how do we know how bad it is – and how do we know that better is possible?


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How the Commission is Chosen

Posted on March 10, 2018



Voters Not Politicians is a grassroots group working to pass a constitutional amendment to take politicians out of the redistricting process and put the people in charge through an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. One of the founding principles of the Commission laid out in the policy is that the Commission is independent from partisan influence or manipulation. The Commission is balanced by nature with Michiganders from across the political spectrum who ultimately have to come to a widely-accepted conclusion. Commission members must also be selected in a process insulated from manipulation by partisan sources.


That’s why a large portion of our amendment to end gerrymandering in Michigan specifies exactly how the final 13 Commission members will be chosen. We’re here to break it down step by step to show you how we’ve maximized transparency and independence while minimizing any political parties’ ability to manipulate and corrupt the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.


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California Commissioners Visit Michigan to Share Their Stories

Posted on February 22, 2018



In January, three members of the California Independent Redistricting Commission traveled to Michigan to share their stories and testimonials from drawing California’s election maps in 2011. Democrat Jeanne Raya, Republican Peter Yao and Independent Connie Malloy joined Voters Not Politicians’ supporters at three town halls across the state of Michigan and hosted a private Q&A session for volunteers.


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Presidents agree: Gerrymandering is no good for democracy

Posted on February 18, 2018



In President George Washington’s farewell address, he said, “The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.”


On President’s Day, those words ring more true than ever — and with your support, we will fix Michigan’s broken redistricting process through a state constitutional amendment.


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Be My Valid-Line This Valentine's Day!

Posted on February 13, 2018



Tell your valentine that "it's time we draw the line!" Politicians in Michigan draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves, instead of putting the interests of voters or communities of Michigan first. Allowing politicians to draw their own districts is a conflict of interest. When politicians have the power to draw voting maps, they have the power to hand-pick their voters. 


Share the love this Valentine's Day with some "gerrymandering" inspired Michigan valentines! 


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