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Public comment opportunities available for federal and state district maps

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Date Posted: October 20, 2021

LANSING — The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) recently announced details for the second round of public comment opportunities on their proposed new federal and state legislative district maps.

“If Farm Bureau members have concerns or suggestions on the proposed districts, we strongly encourage them to submit public comment,” said Matt Kapp, Michigan Farm Bureau government relations specialist.

“Our statewide organization is not advocating for one map over another because our members are best suited to provide tailored feedback based on the communities they live, work and raise families. No one knows the districts more intimately than they do.”

He further explained that the maps will never be perfect, nor are they intended to be.

“There will never be a redistricting map that pleases every person or political party, and that’s OK,” Kapp said. “It’s in part why we go through this every 10 years; circumstances and populations shift, which is why this process remains a relevant and important part of our system of government.”

The MICRC said its goal from the hearings is to gain knowledge and insights from the public to enable them to continue to refine and improve the draft maps.

In addition to the in-person hearings, anyone can submit comments on the proposed maps through the MICRC public comment portal or participate in the hearings virtually.

The five public hearings will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Oct. 20; TCF Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit
  • Oct. 21; Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
  • Oct. 22; Amway Grand Plaza, 187 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Oct. 25; Treetops Resort, 3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord
  • Oct. 26; Dort Financial Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint
Media Contacts
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Matt Kapp

Government Relations Specialist
517-679-5338 [email protected]