2019

Michigan Voters Win Resounding Victory Against Partisan Gerrymandering

North America - United States | North America | United States - Michigan

The League of Women Voters of Michigan and individual voters won a favorable ruling in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2011 partisan gerrymander of Michigan's congressional and state legislative maps. Faegre Baker Daniels served as co-lead counsel representing voters during litigation and at the February 2019 Detroit trial. The case is League of Women Voters v. Benson.

The three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan permanently enjoined Michigan from conducting elections based on the unconstitutional districts, finding they were deliberately drawn to favor Republican voters and incumbents and disfavor Democrats. The court gave the Michigan legislature three months to submit a constitutional map.

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