Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission draws more than 6,000 applications

On the final day of the application period for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, the Michigan Department of State (MDOS) has already processed 6,264 completed and notarized applications, and anticipates the number will continue to rise as the window to apply closes today.

“Our goal during this first phase of the process was to ensure every Michigander knew about this opportunity to be a part of our state’s history and had the information and resources they needed to apply,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “The sheer volume of applications we’ve received tells us we were incredibly successful in achieving that goal.”

The application period began in October of last year with the launch of the online application portal. Following the random mailing of 250,000 applications on December 30, 2019, as part of the ongoing effort to increase accessibility for applications, MDOS provided resources on notary options, translated the application into 3 different languages, and alerted those whose applications were incomplete on how they could return a completed application to be considered. Two periods of public comment were also held, as well as 59 in person events across the state and 11 virtual town halls in the last month of the application period alone. MDOS partnered with more than 150 organizations in the state to spread the word and recruit applicants.

Those still wishing to submit a completed and notarized application should go to Michigan.gov/FreeNotary to search for e-notaries or remote notaries near them. MDOS staff has been able to facilitate well over 1,000 notary appointments to applicants, with nearly 600 organized last week alone.

After Monday’s deadline, MDOS will process the final applications before the random selection of 200 semi-finalists to be conducted by Rehmann LLC, an independent accounting firm. The applications of the semi-finalists will be posted online and delivered to legislative leaders by the end of June, who may strike up to 20 applications per the Michigan Constitution. The final selection for commissioners will be held in August.

For detailed information on next phase timeline as well as frequently asked questions about the selection process, visit RedistrictingMichigan.org.

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