Under normal circumstances, LWV Detroit would hold a series of Town Halls to provide educational information on the Census, the Citizens Redistricting Commission and our New Voting Laws. But these are not normal times. Nevertheless, to fulfill our obligations, we are posting digital information below.
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
● Click here for the link to frequently asked questions about the Census, such as what the census form looks like and what questions it asks.
Citizens Redistricting Commission: The Answer to Gerrymandering
Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their population. In Michigan, a randomly selected commission of citizens is responsible for drawing U.S. Congressional and Michigan State House and Senate district lines. Voters amended the state constitution in the November 2018 general election to make citizens — not legislators or special interests — responsible for drawing district lines (called “redistricting”). The commission will be composed of 13 randomly-selected Michigan registered voters: four who affiliate with the Democratic Party, four who affiliate with the Republican Party, and five who do not affiliate with either major political party.
New Voting Rights
Look here for information on new voting laws in the state of Michigan.