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From left: Conor B. Dugan and Paul D. Bratt of Warner Norcross + Judd. From left: Conor B. Dugan and Paul D. Bratt of Warner Norcross + Judd.

6th Circuit SpotlightThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Daunt v. Benson, Nos. 19-2377/2420 recently affirmed a decision allowing Michigan to continue implementing its Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, approved by voter-initiative in 2018. In a case of first impression, the court held that each of the constitutional challenges to the commission was unlikely to succeed on the merits. After the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2019 case, Rucho v. Common Cause, in which it acknowledged states’ efforts at addressing redistricting, the Sixth Circuit’s decision could serve as a future guide to others states looking to create their own independent redistricting commissions.

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