Case Summary

On April 20, 2021, the Michigan Secretary of State and the state's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission filed a petition with the Michigan Supreme Court, seeking relief from the commission's constitutional redistricting deadlines. Since the release of the 2020 census results, which are necessary for redistricting, was delayed until September 30, 2021, the commission will be unable to draft and propose its congressional and legislative redistricting plans to the public by its constitutional deadline of September 17, 2021. To that end, the petitioners are requesting that the court adjust the commission's deadlines to require it to propose plans within 72 days of receiving the census data, and to approve plans within 45 days thereafter. If the census data is received as scheduled on September 30, 2021, then the commission's proposed plans would be due no later than December 11, 2021, and they must be approved on or before January 25, 2022.

On July 9, 2021, the Michigan Supreme Court denied the petitioners' request for relief on the grounds judicial intervention was not yet warranted in an anticipatory action such as this.

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Michigan Supreme Court - No. 162891