The census is taken every 10 years. After that, each state is responsible for redrawing the lines of their voting districts. Michigan is one of the thirty-plus states where the state legislature decides how to draw those lines. Sometimes the political party holding the legislature will work to manipulate the districts to favor their politicians.

Redistricting reform is being proposed in Michigan to more fairly represent the voters instead of the politicians. Dr. Davia Downey will be at the library on Tuesday, September 19 at 7pm to discuss the topic of gerrymandering and redistricting reform and more.

Dr. Downey is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and the Director of the Master of Public Administration program at Grand Valley State University.  She has PhD in Political Science from Michigan State University as well as degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Albion College.