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Conservative group spends $1.2M against redistricting measure in Michigan

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A conservative group is spending at least $1.2 million to fend off a Michigan ballot initiative that aims to stop partisan gerrymandering in the state.

The group, Protect My Vote, released TV ads Wednesday that will run through Election Day, according to The Associated Press.

The $1.2 million contribution came from the Michigan Freedom Fund, which has ties to the family of Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Voters Not Politicians, the committee supporting the ballot proposal, has spent $1.5 million on ads promoting the initiative.

The Michigan Court of Appeals cleared the way for the measure to go on the November ballot after a conservative opposition group attempted to block it.

Currently, district lines in Michigan are drawn once every 10 years by the state legislature.

The ballot proposal would amend Michigan’s constitution to take redistricting away from the legislature and create an Independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission.

Michigan is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country, according to the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.

A poll conducted by EPIC/MRA last month found 48 percent of respondents in Michigan supported the ballot measure, while 32 percent did not, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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