Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Redistricting Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), is announcing a $250,000 investment in Voters Not Politicians, the group behind a grassroots movement to create an independent citizens redistricting commission in Michigan. The citizens of Michigan will have the opportunity to vote on the reform this November.
Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chair of the NDRC, released the following statement:
“In Michigan, the current electoral system is unfair and is so rigged that politicians can now pick their voters, instead of allowing citizens to choose their representatives. Our governments are not supposed to work this way. This partisan gerrymandering leads to dysfunction, polarization, and the legitimate belief held by average Americans that, for them, our political system just does not work. Regardless of party affiliation, that’s not good for our democracy. Maps that are drawn by a truly independent commission will help put men and women into government who are more responsive to the people they are supposed to represent. Voters Not Politicians is proof that citizen-led movements can shape the fate of our democracy and that the people can take power back from politicians and truly control their destiny.”
Michigan is one of NDRC’s Electoral Targets for 2018. The targets include the states that were the most badly gerrymandered by Republicans in 2011.