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    Michigan redistricting panel OKs mapping process, schedule

    Lansing — Michigan’s redistricting commission on Thursday approved a process and schedule to draft, propose and ultimately adopt congressional and legislative maps by year’s end.

    The 10-2 vote came after commissioners changed course and decided to initially bounce between crafting U.S. House, state Senate and state House districts rather than go one at a time.

    The schedule calls for drafting to begin Friday and end Oct. 8, when the 13-member panel of four Democrats, four Republicans and five with no party affiliation will publish draft maps — potentially multiple options — for review. Then nine public hearings will be held Oct. 11-28.

    After six days of deliberations, the commission will vote on proposed maps Nov. 5. It could post multiple maps per district type. The recommendation is for no more than two each for Congress, the state Senate and state House, executive director Suann Hammersmith said.

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