What Kent County’s State Senate districts look like in a new map

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Although the lines of the state’s legislative districts were drawn using a new system this year, one thing about the process remains the same: The resulting maps are making some people unhappy.

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, created by a state ballot initiative, last week approved United States and State House Legislative Maps. The maps will come into effect in 2022 and will remain so until after the 2030 census.

Maps must meet certain constitutional criteria: All districts must have an equal population, plus or minus half of 5%. Districts must also be geographically contiguous. The Michigan Senate cards appear to meet these criteria.

The third criterion states that districts “should reflect the diversity of the state’s population and communities of interest”. The term “communities of interest” can be interpreted broadly and this is where many will question these new maps.

When the lines were last redrawn, in 2011, Kent was mainly covered by two state Senate districts: 28th in the north and west and 29th which included Grand Rapids and southeastern parts County. Kentwood and Gaines Township were included in the 26th District, which also included Allegan and Van Buren counties, a move that sparked complaints 10 years ago.

After the 2021 redistricting, as it stands, Kent County would be divided among five state senate districts.

The former 26th, which included the townships of Kentwood and Gaines, will become the 20th and now includes the townships of Byron, Gaines and Caledonia, but not Kentwood. The senator for this district will now represent South Kent to North Berrien County: Byron Center to St. Joseph.

The 29th District now includes Kentwood and West Central Kent County, including Grand Rapids.

The old 28th becomes the 30th and includes Rockford and Walker, but instead of encompassing the rest of the county, it extends into eastern Ottawa County.

The northern part of Kent, including Cedar Springs, Sparta and the Cannonsburg area, will be part of the new 33rd which stretches from Portland in County Ionia to Irons in Lake County.

Finally, the most southeastern part of the county will be in the 18th District, which includes parts of Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Barry and Ionia counties.

And these are just the changes in one county.

The new districts will come under scrutiny, as they always do. The issue of communities of interest will always depend on individual interpretation.

The real question is what happens next. Already the cards have already been challenged by group that says it violates federal voting rights law, and more lawsuits are sure to follow. If the courts uphold the challenges, the cards will have to change.

Changing a map in one location will have ripple effects throughout the layout, forcing changes in other districts.

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