It’s now official. The governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, has put the new redistricting map into law. This seems to be a big step for state republicans and even leaves one Democrat with no district at all. The democrat who lost his district is Gary Peters. His entire district was taken away and now he’s forced to make a tough decision. Does he compete with fellow Democrat Sander Levin who is also a democrat or does he run in a district where he is a clear underdog and has little change of re-election. Is this a coincidence? Probably not. Regardless, they both have vowed to run for re-election.
The redistricting maps have created controversy and claims of gerrymandering to help for political purposes. Levin has claimed to do everything in his power to fight this map and he could have luck. Even though the governor signed this into law, there are still some obstacles for the map to pass. I contacted a few local attorneys in the capital area. Only The Clark Law Office – Car Accident Lawyers in Lansing, MI were nice enough to give me a few minutes of their time. While this kind of topic isn’t their specialty, they informed me that there are still some legal challenges which must be addressed and finally it must be passed with the Department of Justice before it officially becomes law. Even so, these maps are getting dangerously close to passing and the effects will be a certain blow to democrats for years to come. The next chance of redistricting will be 10 years from the date of the newly approved map.
Michigan’s overall population dropped over the past 10 years which is not really a surprise given the struggling economy of the state. Detroit lost over 25% of its total population with over 236,000 residents moving elsewhere.