Lawsuit Filed to Challenge Redistricting Commission

A lawsuit filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court charged that commission created violates the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and must be invalidated, according to a report in Gongwer.

The lawsuit, Daunt v. Benson (USDC Docket No. 19-00614), also calls for an injunction against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson from taking any steps to implement the constitutional provisions approved in Proposal 2018-2, which was passed by Michigan voters in November.

The amendment moves redistricting functions from the Legislature and the executive branch to a 13-member commission. Commission members will be chosen at random and include four Republicans, four Democrats and five independents. A majority of each contingent will have to support a redistricting plan for it to take effect. However, the amendment also bars anyone who served or ran for a partisan post, or members of their families, or an employee of an elected office, a legislative employee, lobbyist or any member of their families from being a commission member.