A federal three-judge panel has ruled that Michigan’s political maps were illegally gerrymandered and ordered them to redraw the lines for the 2020 election.
The ruling requires Michigan to conduct special state Senate elections for certain seats next year, cutting in half the four-year terms that current lawmakers are now serving.
The unanimous decision written by U.S. Circuit Court Judge Eric Clay ruled that the 2011 GOP-led redistricting layout’s purpose “was to subordinate the interests of Democratic voters and entrench Republicans in power.” The Republican-led House and Senate have until Aug. 1 to redraw the maps and get them signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.