KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- A local lawmaker has plans to introduce legislation that would reform how redistricting is done in Michigan. Democratic state Representative Sean McCann of Kalamazoo says his proposal would help put an end to gerrymandering of districts for both the state legislature and for U.S. House districts.
McCann says the practice unfairly allows candidates to play to their voting base without truly representing the interests of all those they might otherwise represent in a more fairly drawn district. McCann says he expects an uphill battle in getting the proposal passed because there may be politicians and lobbyists that would prefer to maintain the status quo, but he believes the effort is worthwhile in trying to ensure fair representation for all constituents.
The proposal has the backing of the League of Women Voters of Michigan, Common Cause Michigan, and the Michigan Election Reform Alliance.