SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Goodman Acker P.C. has launched a new website to crowdfund a lawsuit from Michigan voters who want to put an end to gerrymandering of the state's legislative and congressional districts. The website, www.endmigerrymandering.com, provides information about the lawsuit and offers supporters the opportunity to donate funds that will aid voters in achieving their goal of having partisan gerrymandered districts struck down as unconstitutional.
Gerrymandering has become a significant problem throughout the United States, and its impact is blatantly apparent in Michigan, where elected officials have drawn voting districts in a way that creates unfair advantages for themselves. Gerrymandering is a threat to democracy, and it strips the ability of Michigan voters to freely elect their representatives. In an effort to put an end to this rigged system and restore free and fair elections, Michigan voters are planning a lawsuit with the assistance of Attorney Mark Brewer of Goodman Acker P.C. and Attorney Joseph Yeager of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
The lawsuit stems from a group of Democratic Michigan voters who have announced their intent to challenge the constitutionality of current partisan redistricting plans for chambers of the Michigan Legislature and state representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives. A similar effort in Wisconsin in November of 2016 (Whitford v. Gill) resulted in a federal court striking down the state's redistricting plan as an unconstitutional political gerrymander.
Michigan voters behind the lawsuit believe redistricting plans for Michigan's legislative and congressional districts have similar flaws that impede the ability of citizens to translate their votes into legislative seats. They intend to use the same principles inherent to the Wisconsin case to challenge gerrymandering in Michigan that benefits Republican state and federal legislators and suppresses Democratic votes.
In an effort to raise awareness and funds, Michigan voters are seeking support from local residents and others who want to restore democracy and put an end to a practice that makes congressional elections largely uncompetitive and implicitly unfair. Contributions to the lawsuit are not used to pay attorney fees, and will instead be kept in a trust account maintained by Goodman Acker P.C. for non-lawyer expenses such as expert witnesses, filing fees, depositions, and other critical aspects of the lawsuit.
If you would like to get involved and help stop partisan gerrymandering in Michigan, visit www.endmigerrymandering.com to make a donation.
Goodman Acker P.C. is a Detroit law firm that has earned national recognition for protecting the rights of the injured and the wronged throughout Michigan. The firm maintains an active political law practice helmed by Attorney Mark Brewer, the former Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party for 18 years.
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