By Karen Confer
Kickin’ It Old Town staff writer
Most voters likely were not thinking about the next 10 years when they elected a Republican majority in both houses as well as a Republican governor, but thanks to the U.S. Census, that’s how long they will see the impact of their 2010 election decisions.
Constitutionally, following the once-a-decade census, the state Legislature is required to redraw the districts for the U.S. House of Representatives, state Senate and state House to reflect the new population total and dispersion.
Michigan’s population decreased by 54,000 people between 2000 and 2010, including an exodus of more than 237,000 out of Detroit. As a result, Michigan lost one seat in the U.S. House, reducing its sway to 14 representatives.
Each state house recently formed a committee dedicated to the redistricting process, and the groups will create redrawn districts. Once the redistricting bills pass the committees, they are treated like any other bill, requiring majority approval in both houses and a signature from Gov. Rick Snyder. Continue reading