LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Supreme Court held a hearing Monday morning on possibly extending deadlines in the state's redistricting process.
Proponents, including Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, say the deadlines should be pushed back because of the delay in receiving the results of the 2020 Census from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Watch the hearing here:
New district maps must be in place by Nov. 1, according to the constitution.
But the commission is not expecting final census date until Sept. 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The commission says some census data could be available by August but those numbers aren’t favored and might be unreliable.
The Supreme Court’s two most conservative justices seemed very reluctant to change dates that were put in the constitution by voters.