Campaign Summary

In 2016, a 27-year-old, self-described political novice named Katie Fahey posted to Facebook, calling for a volunteer effort to end gerrymandering in Michigan. Thousands heeded her call, gathering 425,000 signatures to place an initiative on the ballot that would create an impartial citizen commission to draw district lines.

The campaign was successful, and in 2018, Michigan voters approved Proposition 2 and put an end to gerrymandered districts in Michigan. 

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November 2018

November 8, 2018

Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mark Davidoff resigns in wake of RepresentUs pressure campaign

November 6, 2018

  • Michigan voters pass anti-gerrymandering Proposal 2
  • Represent Michigan celebrates historic victory in Detroit

November 5, 2018

Represent Michigan volunteers canvass in support of Prop 2

November 3, 2018

Redistricting reform measures, including Prop 2, garner national coverage in publications such as Slate, The Wallstreet Journal, FiveThirtyEight, and more

October 2018

October 31, 2018

  • Actor Ed Helms campaigns in support of Proposition 2 with new video
  • Represent Michigan releases video


October 19, 2018

Represent Michigan shares video of RepresentUs board member Jennifer Lawrence’s statement of support for Proposition 2

October 11, 2018

Represent Lansing Co-Chapter Leader and Iraq War Veteran Hugh McNichol IV pens powerful op-eds:

October 10, 2018

October 4, 2018

  • Represent Michigan releases video about Michigan’s gerrymandering problem
  • Video reaches 51,514 people, 628 shares

July 2018

July 31, 2018

July 20, 2018

100 days until election

July 18, 2018

  • MI Supreme Court hears arguments on independent redistricting ballot proposal
  • Hundreds attend a protest outside of the courthouse as arguments heard inside

July 18, 2018

  • Ad calling out MI Chamber President and CEO Rich Studley runs in the Lansing City Pulse
  • Hundreds rally outside MI Hall of Justice
  • MI Supreme Court hears case concerning ballot initiative—oral arguments can be viewed here
  • MI Supreme Court Justice Viviano: “I don’t know what the voters are going to do. But the point is, it’s their power.”
  • Represent Lansing co-leader Hugh McNichol IV publishes opinion piece clarifying RepresentUs’s position
  • Actor Chris Pratt tweets in support of Hugh McNichol’s opinion piece

July 17, 2018

  • RepresentUs airs radio spot advertising Wednesday protest on local stations TEAM 92.1 FM , WJIM , and WILS AM 1320
  • Billboard truck deploys to drive around MI Hall of Justice area all day

July 16, 2018

July 14, 2018

  • Patrick Levine Rose, MI election attorney, publishes letter defending RepresentUs against unsubstantiated accusations
  • Detroit Free Press updates article alleging violent speech, includes quote by local chapter leader Hugh McNichol IV

July 13, 2018

Detroit Free Press article accuses RepresentUs of using or encouraging violent language—without proof

July 11, 2018

  • Press coverage increases, with print, radio, and video coverage across the state (see below)
  • The Detroit News’ Noah Finley accuses RepresentUs members of “terroristic tactics

July 10, 2018

July 9, 2018

Chamber of Commerce and Deloitte make public statements responding to the campaign:

July 8, 2018

We run full-page ads targeting the Chamber’s Chair in his hometown papers, the Oakland Press and the Daily Tribune, and the Detroit Free Press, the largest daily paper in Detroit

July 7, 2018

Chamber of Commerce Chair Mark Davidoff deletes his Twitter account

July 6, 2018

  • RepresentUs publishes a Twitter thread calling out Mark Davidoff for supporting this lawsuit, reaching 33,075 people
  • Chamber Chair Mark Davidoff contacts RepresentUs again with complaints

July 5, 2018

  • Chamber of Commerce Chair Mark Davidoff calls RepresentUs HQ, asks that we stop targeting him
  • RepresentUs rallies our national membership to deluge Deloitte’s social media with posts asking why they support the lawsuit
  • Together with thousands of volunteers on the ground, we exposed efforts to kill the anti-gerrymandering ballot measure, with major press coverage in multiple news outlets

June 2018

June 30, 2018

  • Facebook ads go live, targeting:
    • Chamber Chair Mark Davidoff’s hometown, financial services professionals and business executives in MI, and everyone located in the Deloitte office building in Detroit
    • West Shore Bank area customers and residents
    • Grand Hotel guests and visitors to Mackinac Island
  • Campaign targets Mark Davidoff and MI Chamber on Twitter

June 26, 2018

Campaign video launches – viewed over 31,000 times

June 23, 2018

Petition hits 3,000 signatures

June 20, 2018

  • RepresentUs launches national “drop the suit” campaign
  • Online petition launches, signatures sent directly to Chamber of Commerce Chair Mark Davidoff’s Deloitte email account

April 2018

April 25, 2018

Ballot question committee sues to throw Proposition 2 off the November ballot

December 2017

December 18, 2017

Voters Not Politicians turns in almost 450,000 signatures

August 2017

August 17, 2017

Voters Not Politicians begins gathering signatures

Press Hits

November 1 – 9, 2018

NPR: Voters Approve Major Changes To Redistricting And Other Voting Laws
Slate: The 2018 Election Was a Body Blow to Partisan Gerrymandering
The Washington Post: How the midterms altered the 2020 redistricting landscape
Michigan Radio: Redistricting proposal passes in Michigan
Detroit Metro Times: Gerrymandered no more: Michigan approves redistricting reform
Common Dreams: As Polarized As Americans Are, They Agree on This: Gerrymandering Is Wrong
Bridge: Proposal to end gerrymandering resonated in red and blue Michigan

October 16 – 31, 2018
U.S. News & World Report: Redistricting Group, Whitmer Raise More Than Opponents
Click On Detroit: Proposal 2 aims to end gerrymandering in Michigan, let citizen commission draw districts
Detroit Free Press: Jennifer Lawrence campaigns for Michigan’s Proposal 2
The Christian Science Monitor: Amid complaints of a rigged system, one woman’s effort to end gerrymandering
The Michigan Daily: OTD: Arnold Schwarzenegger fights to “terminate gerrymandering” in Michigan
The Huffington Post: This Is What It Looks Like When A Political Movement Gets Desperate
Pacific Standard: Among the Gerrymandered
Detroit Free Press: Proposal 2 would end politicians’ hold on redistricting | Opinion
Detroit Free Press: Gerrymandering faces extinction in Michigan | Thompson
Click On Detroit: President Obama speaks at Democratic rally in Detroit
MLive: Let’s terminate gerrymandering, Arnold Schwarzenegger says in Michigan

October 1 – 15, 2018
Detroit Free Press: Gerrymandering: Election Day is hunting season in Michigan | Thompson
Fox 17: WMU hosts panel to discuss anti-gerrymandering proposal
WXYZ Detroit: Here’s who is funding the battle over redistricting in Michigan
Click On Detroit: Michigan anti-gerrymandering proposal on November ballot: What you need to know
The Atlantic: Schwarzenegger Is Back in a Wonky Campaign Fight Against Gerrymandering
Detroit Metro Times: New jewelry line features gerrymandered Michigan district
Bridge: Michigan ballot issues: What to know about Prop 2 (redistricting)
The Michigan Daily: Proposal regarding gerrymandering to appear on Michigan’s general election ballot

September 16 – 30, 2018
PBS News Hour: Michigan voters to decide how their electoral maps are drawn
Detroit Free Press: Proposal 2 in Michigan: Pros and cons, what gerrymandering is
Bridge: Maps show how gerrymandering benefitted Michigan Republicans
Detroit Metro Times: Inside the grassroots fight to end gerrymandering in Michigan
The Atlantic: A Grassroots Call to Ban Gerrymandering
The Detroit News: Former Michigan House speaker backs anti-gerrymandering initiative
IVN: Activist Jogs Through 3 Michigan Districts to Show Absurdity of Gerrymandering
Daily Detroit: LISTEN: A Primer On Gerrymandering And Proposal 2 With Jamie Lyons-Eddy Of Voters Not Politicians

September 1 – 15, 2018
IVN: 4 States to Vote on Ending Partisan Gerrymandering in November
IVN: Unrigging The System: How Voters Can Reclaim Their Power This November
The Daily Mining Gazette: Gerrymanding in Michigan could end with Proposal 2
The Hill: Redistricting reformers turn to ballot initiatives
The Detroit News: Opinion: McCain worked to end gerrymandering
The Detroit News: Poll: Marijuana proposal support high, redistricting muddled
The Seattle Time: Redistricting battles already playing out in 2018 midterms
Pew Trusts: Weary of Court Drama, Gerrymandering Opponents Shift Their Strategy
Bridge: Michigan redistricting group gets $250,000 donation for fall ballot battle

August 16 – 31, 2018
The Detroit News: Michigan redistricting group scores ‘minor win’ with ballot summary change
MLive: Ballot language for independent redistricting proposal approved by state board
Bridge: Here’s how Michigan’s redistricting commission would work
The Detroit News: Court expedites ballot summary for redistricting proposal
Macomb Daily: Gerrymandering in Michigan among worst in U.S.

August 1 – 15, 2018
IVN: Voters Not Politicians: Citizens-Led Campaign Scores Victory in Anti-Gerrymandering Fight
WDET: What’s Next In Michigan’s Gerrymandering Debate?
The Detroit News: Proponents wrangle over ballot language on redistricting
CNN: Why are these elected officials so afraid of the voters?
Detroit Metro Times: It’s time to fix what happened in 2016
Bridge: Next hurdle for Michigan redistricting backers: ballot language
WXYZ Detroit: Here’s a look at Michigan’s gerrymandered congressional districts
The Washington Post: An exhilarating attempt to stop partisan gerrymandering
Deadline Detroit: Gerrymandering Goes on November, Supreme Court Rules
Crain’s Detroit: Michigan Chamber loses court fight to keep redistricting proposal off ballot
BridgeMI: Michigan politicians, others react to Supreme Court decision 

July 21 – 25, 2018
The New York Times: Do-It-Yourself Legislative Redistricting
The New York Times: Drive Against Gerrymandering Finds New Life in Ballot Initiatives
BridgeMI: Emails suggest Republicans gerrymandered Michigan to weaken ‘Dem Garbage’

July 18, 2018
The Detroit News: Foes urge Michigan Supreme Court to keep redistricting proposal off ballot
Holland Sentinel: Ignore fake news, let us vote on anti-gerrymandering measure
Fox 2 Detroit: Michigan Supreme Court decides if voters will weigh in on redistricting
Fox 47 News: LIVE: MI Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on gerrymandering case
Crain’s Detroit Business: Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments on redistricting ballot proposal
The Detroit News: Foes, fans take redistricting fight to Michigan Supreme Court
HuffPost: Michigan Supreme Court Weighs Allowing Vote On Gerrymandering Reform
Click on Detroit: Michigan’s high court hears arguments over anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal
Bridge Michigan: Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments on redistricting ballot measure
AP: Michigan high court hears challenge to redistricting measure
9 & 10 News: Michigan Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Redistricting Ballot Initiative
WXYZ: MI Supreme Court hears oral arguments on gerrymandering case
Bridge Michigan: Opinion | Don’t insult Michigan voters, let them vote on redistricting
WLNS 6 News: UPDATE: Michigan Supreme Court hears “gerrymandering” arguments

July 16 – 17, 2018
RepresentUs Press Release: Chamber’s claims of intimidation baseless, lack evidence
Slate: Democracy on the Ballot
The Detroit Metro Times: Supreme Court justices to hear anti-gerrymandering case may have conflict of interest
The Detroit News: Schuette set to fight redistricting proposal in Michigan Supreme Court
The Detroit News: GOP justices weigh fate of redistricting plan
Michigan NPR: Deep-pocketed business organizations challenge key ballot initiatives in court
The Detroit News: Election 2018: A look at the anti-gerrymandering amendment facing Michigan voters
Michigan NPR: Redistricting ballot proposal headed to state Supreme Court this week

July 12 – 13, 2018
The Morning SunThe Daily TribuneThe Macomb Daily, and The Oakland Press: Chamber, Deloitte should let the people vote
Detroit Public TV: Scotus Candidate / Anti-Gerrymandering Campaign
Watchdog Report: Michigan Chamber of Commerce fights to remove anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative
The Steve Gruber Show: Conflict with MI chamber escalates
WMOM Ludington Radio Show
The Detroit News: Left Turns to Terroristic Tactics to Silence Critics
The Argus-Press: Anti-gerrymandering group to host discussion Thursday
The Oakland Press: Rebuttal: Bad policy is no answer to gerrymandering issue
Detroit Free Press: Death threats won’t end gerrymandering in Michigan

July 11, 2018
Click on Detroit: Anti-gerrymandering activists rally outside Deloitte offices in downtown Detroit
Michigan’s Big Show: Dan Krassner, Political Director of Represent.US
Luddington Daily News: Biggs, West Shore Bank targeted in ad campaign
The Steve Gruber Show
The Mining Journal: Voters Not Politicians group addresses county board
Detroit Free Press: GOP justices face tough choice in gerrymandering case

July 6 – 10, 2018
Detroit Metro Times: Gerrymandering foes stage protest as lawsuit advances to Michigan Supreme Court
MLive video of the protest
Michigan NPR: Supporters of re-districting ballot proposal target Michigan Chamber of Commerce
MLive: Protesters to Chamber: Drop lawsuit against anti-gerrymandering initiative
Click on Detroit: Follow the money: Fight over Michigan ballot proposal reveals potential conflict of interest
Crain’s Detroit Business: Supporters of redistricting proposal target chamber board, Deloitte’s Davidoff