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Current and former Detroit lawmakers challenge new district maps

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Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission
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Michigan's new congressional district map was approved by the Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission.

A group of Detroit-area past and current legislators say the state’s redistricting commission should go back and try again.

The lawmakers announced on Monday that they are filing a lawsuit.

The lawmakers and ex-lawmakers, all Democrats, say the new maps would force too many incumbents to run against each other.

State Representative Tenisha Yancey is one of the challengers.

“The voter rights act took into consideration that black votes were being diluted and this will allow for that dilution to continue to happen.”

Edward Woods the 3rd is the commission’s spokesperson. He says the commission’s attorney says the maps comply with the law and the state constitution.

“And at this point that’s what this commission has followed and will continue to follow unless directed otherwise.”

The case goes directly to the Michigan Supreme Court.