Michigan citizens create a fair electoral map and flip state legislatures

Democratic candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate won a majority of the vote this year, leading to their party gaining control of both legislative houses. That may seem like a natural outcome, but it wasn’t the case in previous elections.

While Democrats also won majority votes in 2018 and 2020, Republicans won majorities in the Legislature. The difference this time: Candidates ran in new districts drawn up by a Citizens’ Commission, rather than ones designed by Republican lawmakers to keep their party in power.

“Michigan has gone from some of the most heavily manipulated maps to some of the most beautiful maps in the country, and now we have a perfect match between the votes voters cast and the officials elected to office,” Nancy said Wang, Executive Director of Voters Not Politicians. Her group led a successful ballot initiative in 2018 that changed the way Michigan’s legislative districts are drawn.