In 2021 Michigan underwent the decennial redistricting process following the completion of the 2020 U.S. Census. This time the process was a little different than in previous decades. In November 2018, Michigan voters approved the creation of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) by passing Prop 18-2. Historically redistricting was performed by politicians but Prop 18-2 changed that and MICRC consists of 13 independent Michigan registered voters comprised of 4 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 5 voters with no party affiliation.
Prior to the 2021 redistricting process, Commerce Township was wholly contained in the 11th US. Congressional District, 39th State House District, 15th State Senate District, and 7th County Commissioner District. Redistricting has not changed our U.S. Congressional District – all of Commerce Township remains in the 11th District. However, there are big changes for all of our other districts. Commerce Township is split into the following Districts:
State House Districts (State Senate District Map – 2022):
20th – Precincts 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 13
49th – Precinct 11
51st – Precincts 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15
State Senate Districts (State House District Map – 2022):
13th – Precincts 3, 4, 5, 6, 13
23rd – Precincts 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15
County Commissioner Districts (Oakland County Commission District Map – 2022):
12th – Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15
14th – Precincts 3, 11, 13
What does this mean for voters? As always, where you live dictates who the candidates are on your ballot. In the past, Commerce Township’s ballots were mostly identical with the exceptions being precinct delegates and school board candidates which vary by precinct and our 2 village precincts which include village council candidates. Since redistricting, Commerce Township ballots will vary widely by precinct with where you live dictating which one of the 3 State House contests, 2 State Senate contests, and 2 County Commissioner contests you will vote in.
What do voters need to do? Voters should visit the Township website at commercetwp.com and MICRC’s website at Michigan.gov/micrc/mapping-process/final-maps to learn about their new districts. Once the Clerk’s Office receives the August Primary Election ballots, about a month before the election, sample ballots will be available for review at the Clerk’s Office, on the Township website, and at mi.gov/vote. The Clerk’s Office is mailing new voter ID cards to all registered voters in Commerce Township. Your new voter ID card will include your new district numbers, your unchanged precinct number, and unchanged polling location. Commerce Township precinct boundaries did not change and permanent polling locations remain the same.