FILE- In a July 18, 2018 file photo demonstrators rally outside the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing, Mich., where the Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments about whether voters in November should be able to pass a constitutional amendment that would change how the state's voting maps are drawn or whether such changes could only be adopted at a rarely held constitutional convention. (Dale G. Young/The Detroit News via AP, FILE)

Michigan voters to decide how their electoral maps are drawn

September 29, 2018 - 11:10 am

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan voters will decide in November whether to entrust how their voting districts are drawn to an independent commission rather than the Legislature, which could alter the balance of power in a state that Republicans have controlled since 2010 and where Donald Trump eked out the slimmest of victories two years ago.

Three other states have redistricting initiatives on this year's ballots and there are ongoing legal challenges to the political boundaries in about a dozen states that claim they are the result of political or racial gerrymandering — the process by which districts are drawn to favor the party in power.

The issue is particularly charged in Michigan, a battleground state in presidential elections that has some of the most Republican-skewed legislative districts in the nation, according to an Associated Press analysis.

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