2010 Census Data Mean Re-Drawing District Lines

By: Meaghan Norman Email
By: Meaghan Norman Email

The state has been losing thousands of people statewide for the past decade. While mid-Michigan didn't take too much of a hit, a quarter of Detroit's population is gone.

"Because of the population crater that happened to Detroit and a lot of downsizing, it created a perfect storm."

Christina Kuo, executive director of a government watchdog says districts will need to be adjusted and it could mean some big changes for the Motor City.

"I think you're going to see Detroit lose some clout, here in Lansing and also in D.C." said Kuo.

The decline is not so severe for Lansing, down just four percent, but with people leaving statewide that's pushed out Congressional representation.

"The implications for that are huge. Someone will lose their seat," said EPIC MRA political pollster John Cavanagh.

The question now is who?

"It isn't rocket science to figure out that when we lose a seat because of the redistricting and the way the census numbers have shaken out, a Democrat will lose his seat," said Cavanagh.

Governor Rick Snyder responded during a press conference on Tuesday: "I think this decline in population for the state really just re-emphasizes the issue that we're facing. We are in a crisis in this state and we need to take an attitude and an approach that says it's time to re-invent Michigan."

Regardless of how lines get re-drawn, analysts warn that it could end in a fight between long-time Democratic incumbent.

The re-districting committee will be meet and begin and that process will likely carry into the fall. But there's a group that wants to give lawmakers citizen input when it comes to re-drawing the lines.

There's a Michigan Re-districting competition that gives residents the chance to draw their own Congressional districts using new online software. The contest starts in April and goes until May. The winner of the competition will have his or her plan submitted to the committee for consideration.

For more information on the Census 2010 data and the contest just click on the hot button.

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