Prop 2 debate centers on transparency, accountability

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the three proposals voters will cast ballots on next week would change the way legislative district lines are drawn in Michigan.

Proposal 2, which had to overcome several legal challenges to make it to the ballot, would create a bipartisan commission to set district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress.

"Gerrymandering is technically legal to do right now, but this will actually make that illegal," explained Katie Fahey with Voters Not Politicians, the group that got the issue on the ballot.

Her group argues that when the controlling political party gets to redrawn lines to its favor — which is how the process works now — voters lose their voices and representatives aren't as responsive.

"The status quo is that politicians, lobbyists and special interests go behind closed doors, draw up these maps to guarantee election results based on political parties," Fahey said, "but Proposal 2 will actually bring that entire process out into the open."

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