In 2021, Michigan will re-draw its congressional and state legislative boundaries. The law says each of these geographic tracts of land must contain as equal a number of people as possible. This mandate creates a jigsaw puzzle of irregular shapes across the political map.
For decades, political parties have “gerrymandered” these borders to their own advantage. Technically, it’s illegal for a single party to group its voting base in a specific area, but the practice can be hard to prove. Now, grassroots support is building to place redistricting back in the hands of the people.