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Redistricting lawsuit formally filed, on a fast track

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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 legal challenge to the state’s new congressional and legislative district maps was formally filed today with the Michigan Supreme Court.

A group of plaintiffs announced Monday they planned to file a lawsuit. The plaintiffs include Detroit lawmakers and former lawmakers as well as the Romulus City Council. The complaint says the map adopted by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission illegally disperses Black voters, especially from Detroit, to dilute their voting power. And it says the congressional map leaves the state without a single district where people of color make up a majority of constituents.

The next step is for both sides to file briefs supporting and opposing the complaint. The Supreme Court is supposed to put the case on a fast track to a final ruling.