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    Michigan panel won’t hit deadline for drawing political maps. Here’s when it will

    Michigan’s new redistricting commission can finally get to work drawing political boundaries based on 2020 population figures, following the release Thursday of the localized census data needed for the process.

    But the commissioners are pressed up against a tight schedule, and they indicated Thursday they won’t have the final proposal ready for public review until Nov. 14. 

    That would blow the deadline for finalizing the new maps by Nov. 1, which is set by the state Constitution. Instead, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission aims to adopt the official maps by Dec. 30. 

    “We had American Community Survey data that was somewhat helpful, but having real Census data is imperative to the work that the commission is doing,” said Suann Hammersmith, executive director for the commission. “We can start with rigor now.”

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