According to a report in Gongwer, the Michigan Court of Appeals denied Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution’s (CPMC) request for oral arguments in its fight against Voters Not Politicians’ (VNP) redistricting petition.
Katie Fahey, VNP’s founder and executive director, said the organization is pleased with the appeals court’s Friday order, which also denied CPMC’s request to extend time to file briefs with the court.
“We are very confident the people of Michigan will have a chance in November to change the state’s redistricting system, which now allows partisan politicians to operate behind closed doors to create districts that benefit them, to one that is transparent, replaces politicians and lobbyists with citizens, and is prohibited from providing partisan gain to any political party or politician,” she added.
VNP asked the Board of State Canvassers (BSC) for speedy certification of more than 425,000 signatures submitted for its ballot proposal to establish an independent redistricting campaign in Michigan.
However, CPMC is challenging that in the appeals court, where they seek an order to require the Secretary of State to reject the petition and not place it on the 2018 general election ballot. A hearing at Board of State Canvassers is set for May 24.