What Are They Hiding?
“Independent” Commission Betrays Their Promise of Bringing Redistricting Out From Behind Closed Doors, Evades Transparency at Every Opportunity.
LANSING, MI, October 27, 2021 – FAIR Maps Executive Director Tony Daunt issued the following statement today as the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission voted 11-2 to slam the door on transparency and discuss critical information regarding the Voting Rights Act in an improperly called “closed session.”
“Voters were promised that handing redistricting over to an “independent commission” would guarantee a fair and transparent process. Sadly, as many of us predicted would happen, we’ve gotten only secrecy and incompetence. There is no reason, let alone statutory authority, that provides this Commission and their attorneys the ability to discuss one of the most important aspects of redistricting – the Voting Rights Act – behind closed doors. They should immediately cease this nonsense and produce the memos they are so desperately trying to hide.”