Attorney General: Redistricting Commission Meeting Should Have Been Public

From the Associated Press — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the state’s redistricting commission should not have held a private meeting to discuss memos related to racially polarized voting and the federal Voting Rights Act’s requirement that people be able to elect minority candidates. The panel called the controversial closed session with its lawyer October 27, after Detroit residents criticized the members for drawing no majority-Black districts. Nessel, in a legal opinion Monday, said the commission presumably was conducting business that should’ve been done in an open meeting. The panel’s spokesman says the commission respects her opinion and will discuss it transparently at the next meeting.