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The Constitution, Census, Apportionment, and Michigan Re-Districting 2021

U.S. Constitution – Article 1, Section 2 – “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers… further “The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative … 1 2020 was a Census year, and projections suggest that Michigan will be slated to lose one Congressional District due to Population loss/reductions and this will likely effect the Wayne-12th though depending upon the new Re-Districting lines (and Gerrymandering 2 concerns) may keep majority of our key cities within the Borders of the new 12th (if not receiving a new District no.)! That puts Michigan on course for dropping from 14 to 13 US House seats (which the Michigan Delegation (as of 2020 Elections) is currently comprised of an even split of 7 Democrat Representatives and 7 Republican Representatives) for the 2022 Congressional Elections, and from 16 to 15 votes in the Electoral College3 Delegates/Votes for the 2024 Presidential Election. New to the Re-Allotment (re-writing of District Boundaries) process is that Michigan Voters approved “Voters Not Politicians”4 Ballot Initiative of 2018 that was passed with 61% of the Vote which Amended the Michigan State Constitution to create a Commission to take the Re-Districting duties from the Michigan Legislature (both Chambers (MI-House and MI-Senate) currently controlled by the GOP). Many alleged that the Committee would not end “Gerrymandering” as the Initiative alleged but instead just shifted likelihood that the Committee, with Michigan Secretary of State (currently Jocelyn Benson (Dem) as of 2018) controlling appointments to Commission, it would be “packed” with majority Democrats (some posing as “Independents”) instead of afore mention Republican controlled State Legislature. Which, again, many contend was actual intended purpose (re-draw lines to favor Democrats) behind the initiative all along.

1 courtesy https://www.rocketlawyer.com/article/us-constitution 2 Gerrymandering – for 19th-century Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry. After Gerry took office in 1810 3 One apportioned for ea. Congressional Dist. + one for ea. of 2 permanently allotted US Senate seats per State 4 more details from Ballot Initiators perspective – see Voters Not Politicians site: https://votersnotpoliticians.com/ [republished from Wayne-12CDRC Newsletter v2021-2: http://tinyurl.com/W12Newsletter2021-2]

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