State Rep. Ann Bollin today called on Anthony Eid to resign from Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission following recent revelations casting doubt on his impartiality.
Bollin, R-Brighton Township, said Michigan voters supported the creation of the independent redistricting commission because they were promised an unbiased electoral map-drawing process. However, allegations of Eid’s partisan ties, including reported coordination with Democrat candidates running for seats in the Michigan House of Representatives, raise serious concerns about the integrity of this democratic process.
“Anthony Eid holds an ‘independent’ position on redistricting commission, yet he has been implicated in several activities that seriously call into question his nonpartisan status,” Bollin said. “Our citizens were promised a fair and nonpartisan redistricting process, and his actions and affiliations clearly undermine that promise. Anthony Eid’s partisan ties blatantly defy the spirit of an independent commission, betraying the trust of Michigan voters. It’s time for him to resign.”
Three other members of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission have resigned since mid-December. Dustin Witjes and Douglas Clark both submitted their resignations days after the commission’s lawyer announced he was reviewing their eligibility after reports revealed both commissioners had been living out of state for more than a year. MC Rothhorn also resigned on Dec. 26.
Prior to the resignations, Bollin sent a letter to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson seeking answers about the eligibility of the two commissioners living out of state.
“Maps for legislative districts are set to be redrawn after the courts weighed in and the redistricting commission is a mess,” Bollin said. “Anthony Eid needs to resign immediately to ensure the people of Michigan have a fair and independent commission working on their behalf.”
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