Below is the timeline of Michigan’s first redistricting process under the redistricting reform amendment. The process will repeat every 10 years using new census data.
August 1, 2019
The Secretary of State’s office (SOS) has announced that it plans to open the Commissioner application period in late 2019. **An official date has not been announced at this time.**
FY 2020 redistricting budget approved
December 1, 2019
Michigan legislature and Governor must approve budget to fund the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission for Fiscal Year 2020.
January 1, 2020
Last day for SOS to make Commissioner applications available statewide and to mail out applications to 10,000 randomly chosen voters, inviting them to apply for the Commission.
April 1, 2020
June 1, 2020
Application period closes – applications to serve on Commission must be submitted to SOS by this date.
Secretary of State weights applications
July 1, 2020
SOS discards incomplete applications and applications submitted by people who are disqualified from serving, such as current and recent politicians or party officials. SOS then uses statistical weighting and random selection to generate a pool of 200 applicants (40 Republicans, 40 Democrats, and 60 unaffiliated). List of 200 is submitted to the 4 legislative leaders — the majority and minority leader of the State House and the majority and minority leader of the State Senate.
Legislative leaders strike up to 20 applicants
August 1, 2020
The 4 legislative leaders may (but are not required to) each strike up to 5 applications from the pool of 200.
Final Commissioners selected
September 1, 2020
SOS randomly draws 13 applicants to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (4 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 5 unaffiliated).
October 15, 2020
Commissioners must meet and start their work together.
FY 2021 redistricting budget approved
December 1, 2020
Michigan legislature and Governor must approve budget to fund the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission for Fiscal Year 2021.
Commission holds public hearings
January 1, 2021
Commission must hold at least 10 public hearings before drafting plans and at least 5 public hearings to gather public feedback on proposed plans between January 1 and November 1.
Census data available to public
February 1, 2021
Michigan’s official census data is expected to be shared by the federal government.
November 1, 2021
Last day for Commission to adopt final maps.
Primary Election Day
August 2, 2022
First statewide primary election that uses the Commission-drawn election maps
November 8, 2022
First statewide general election that uses the Commission-drawn election maps.