Help Stop Partisan Gerrymandering in Michigan

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I am making this contribution voluntarily to help defray non-lawyer costs in a lawsuit to be brought by Goodman Acker, P.C. and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP on behalf of Michigan voters challenging the partisan gerrymandering of Michigan’s legislative and congressional districts.

I understand that my contribution will be deposited into a separate trust account at Goodman Acker and used solely to defray non-lawyer costs: expert witnesses, filing fees, depositions, etc.

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Why you should support this lawsuit:

Michigan's legislative and congressional districts are gerrymandered - rigged - against Michigan voters. Voters are not freely electing representatives; instead elected officials are selecting their voters by drawing districts favorable to themselves.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan and a group of Michigan voters has filed a lawsuit to end this rigged system and restore free and fair elections to Michigan.

But they need your help. Lawsuits are expensive, requiring expert witnesses and many other court costs. So we are asking for your contribution to help defray non-lawyer costs: expert witnesses, filing fees, depositions, etc.

Your contribution will not be used to pay the lawyers handling the case, Mark Brewer at Goodman Acker, P.C. and Joseph Yeager at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Instead, your contribution will be kept in a separate trust account at Goodman Acker and used only to defray non-lawyer costs: expert witnesses, filing fees, depositions, etc.

Background

The League of Women Voters and a group of Democratic voters in Michigan have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the current redistricting plans for both chambers of the Michigan Legislature and for Michigan Representatives in the United States House of Representatives. The League and those voters believe that the current plans are unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. The voters are represented by Mark Brewer at Goodman Acker, P.C. and Joseph Yeager at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

On November 21, 2016, a federal court struck down Wisconsin's legislative redistricting plan as an "unconstitutional political gerrymander" in Whitford v. Gill, Case No. 3:15-cv-00421-bbc, 2016 WL 6837229 (W.D) Wis. 2016). In Whitford, the court held that the Wisconsin redistricting plan was intended to and in fact did unconstitutionally "burden the representational rights" of Democratic voters, impermissibly "impeding their ability to translate their votes into legislative seats."

The League and the Michigan voters behind this lawsuit believe that the current Michigan legislative and congressional redistricting plans are similarly flawed. In 2011, the Republican-controlled Legislature intentionally and effectively gerrymandered the maps to benefit Republican state and federal legislators and diminish the effect of the votes of Democratic voters to such a degree as to violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The Michigan lawsuit is in accord with the principles outlined in Whitford.


View the Complaint Here