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Gerrymandering first appeared in March 1812 when Governor Elbridge Gerry allowed redistricting in Massachusetts to benefit his party. The district lines were so contorted in shape that the state districts of Massachusetts looked like a salamander, hence the name gerrymandering. Our quilt displays what gerrymandering has done to the 14 U.S. Representative districts in Michigan. Our current law allows the legislature to draw the lines and become law with the approval of the governor. These district lines can ONLY be changed every 10 years when the new census appears. The INDEPENDENT CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION (Ballot Proposal # 2), if passed, would appoint an independent group to draw the district lines (not the politicians). Michigan voters have the opportunity in November to vote YES on the INDEPENDENT CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION BALLOT PROPOSAL # 2 which would establish a nonpartisan group to redraw district lines in a fair manner and make everyone’s vote count.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Width: 9'
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 9'


We are five women: Debbie Kremer, Denise Greskowiak, Linda Kristensen, Martha Kiander & Rhonda Jewell who met due to our concern about the way districting lines are drawn in Michigan. We put our concerns into a quilt. It began as an enlarged map of the US Rep. Districts. After picking colors, dividing up the tasks; our map was sewn together by April 1.