Michigan to mail redistricting panel applications to 250,000

A statue of Gov. Austin Blair is seen outside the Statehouse, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Lansing, Mich. Work crews are restoring the exterior of the dome's exterior finishes that wasn't completed during the last major restoration completed in 1992. The dome work is expected to last until mid-October and is part of a $6.4 million project that also includes restoration to parts of the building's exterior. All of the work is expected to wrap up sometime in November. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan will mail 250,000 applications encouraging voters to apply to serve on a new commission responsible for drawing congressional and legislative maps.

An independent accounting firm, Rehmann, randomly selected the 250,000 registered voters Tuesday. The applications will be mailed before year’s end.

The 2018 voter-approved constitutional amendment creating the panel requires that at least 10,000 applications be mailed. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says she decided to send 250,000 to ensure enough people respond.

Registered voters who don’t receive an application in the mail are still free to apply at www.RedistrictingMichigan.org. Applications are due June 1.

The 13-member commission will start meeting in the fall of 2020 and will adopt congressional and legislative district lines in 2021. The once-a-decade process was previously controlled by the partisan Legislature.

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