Free town hall meeting focuses on redistricting

Every decade, following the receipt of the new Census data, Michigan’s political districts are redrawn. This process is typically not a public process and the way the new lines are drawn can unite—or divide—communities for years to come. 

A town hall meeting titled “Redistricting: It Matters” will feature a panel of experts from the Oakland County Bar Association and the League of Women Voters that will discuss how legislative lines are drawn in Michigan, who draws them, as well as other critically important questions for those who care about fair representation.

The town hall will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Oakland County Bar Association Offices in Bloomfield Hills.

Judy Karandjeff, president of the League of Women Voters will begin the evening with a presentation exploring past and current redistricting processes in Michigan and the ramifications of today’s system. She will also layout the redistricting processes used in other states. Attorneys Sheldon G. Larky and Richard B. Poling of Poling, McGaw, & Poling PC, co-chairs of the OCBA Legislative Committee, will then join Karandjeff to discuss proposals to change the current process in Michigan and to field audience questions.

This Town Hall is free to the public, although registration is recommended since seating is limited. To register, go to  

The Oakland County Bar Association is located at 1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, in Bloomfield.