Critics of Redrawn Voting Districts Concerned Over Lack of Black Representation

The reaction has been mixed with the newly drawn voting maps in Michigan – which will literally change the political landscape.

The past few months we heard the cries from Black elected officials, voting groups, and voters about being overlooked by Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

When the commission revealed its new map for the next decade, we learned two Detroit-based majority-minority Congressional seats will no longer exist.

Detroit, which has a high concentration of Black voters, will also lose seats in Lansing.

The Rev. Horace Sheffield of the Detroit Office of Black Organizations and longtime community activist, weighed in.

FOX 2: “You’ve seen this new map. what are your thoughts?”

“First, the fact that the Republicans are pushing back and vowing other forms of action tells you it’s not as bad as it could have been,” Sheffield said. “It certainly is not as good as we would like it to be.”

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SOURCE: FOX 2 Detroit, Brandon Hudson and David Komer