Explaining Prop 2

Published: Nov. 6, 2018 at 2:58 PM EST
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Explaining Proposal One is easy... Should recreational marijuana be legal -- yes or no?

Proposal Two is more complex, and if passed, will have a huge impact on how we choose our lawmakers in Michigan.

For many people, gerrymandering can be a confusing topic.

It boils down to one party drawing legislative districts that make it easier for its members to win elections.

Katie Fahey, Founder and Executive Director for Voters Not Politicians said, "Right now, those lines are drawn behind closed doors by the actual politicians in office, special interests and lobbyists."

Fahey said she "accidentally" started the grassroots campaign after a Facebook post she made on Thanksgiving in 2016.

"I made a Facebook post that said, 'Hey, i want to take on gerrymandering,' and that got shared a bunch."

The group collected more than 425,000 signatures, which got the proposal on the ballot.

It would create a commission of 4 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 5 Independents to draw districts for Congress, the state house and the state senate after the census every ten years.

Fahey said, "It should be a fair, impartial and transparent process."

The proposal has support from voters of all political parties and even some celebrities.

"I never thought I'd be able to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger. He's done some stuff on Twitter for us, as well. Jennifer Lawrence has actually spoken out, as well."

But not everyone is in favor of it. Tony Daunt with the Michigan Freedom Fund says the Members of the Commission will essentially be given a blank check.

Daunt, Executive Director of the Michigan Freedom Fund said, "These 13 people on this commission, once in office, are accountable to nobody but themselves, and that's dangerous. It doesn't belong in the constitution."

He's also concerned about the complexity of the proposal.

"With 32 hundred words in a proposal, there's going to be mistakes. There's going to be unintended consequences. If it's in the constitution, we really can't do anything about it."

Daunt agrees that our current process of drawing districts isn't perfect, but thinks there are simpler ways to change it.

"As a group that's skeptical of politicians and of government, i think there's always a way to improve things, but we've got a binary choice in front of us on proposal two. Yes or no? And the clear answer is no."