Secretary of State to update Michigan redistricting lines

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LANSING, MI. (WILX) - It could be up to the nation's highest court to decide if Michigan's legislative districts will be redrawn. That could have an impact on Michigan's 2020 election.

WILX News 10 reported a federal court ruled the way legislative district maps were drawn gives Republicans an unfair advantage over Democrats.

The congressional lines were drawn after the 2010 census.

The ruling orders the districts be redrawn before the 2020 election and it calls for the Senate to hold a special election in 2020. That election should use the newly drawn map.

If the GOP appeal fails, another group of Republicans would have to redraw the lines for a single election.

The same goes for a special election for the state Senate. Because of the timeline, the filing deadline would be in less than a year.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says she knows the clock is ticking.
"Frankly, that's one of the reason I tried earlier to settle the case so we could forward with whatever the resolution is but that said here we are," said Benson.

Regardless of what happens with the court case, Michigan is scheduled to redraw districts after the 2020 election.

That will go into effect for the 2022 election and will be done with a new commission of voters who were approved by voting 'Yes' on Proposal 2 in the November 2018 election.

Republican lawmakers asked the United States Supreme Court to block the lower court's order to redraw the districts until similar laws in Maryland and North Carolina are resolved.

The filing argues lawmakers won't have enough time to introduce redistricting legislation by an August 1 deadline.

That was set up by the lower court's ruling. WILX News 10 will keep tracking this story for you.

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