LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Michigan residents will likely be able to weigh in on voter redistricting plans.

The state’s redistricting panel has voted to move several draft congressional and legislative maps forward to public hearings.  Commissioners will also have more time to submit their own plans.

The commission is made up of four Democrats, four Republicans, and five members who don’t publicly support either party.

They would reportedly be fairer to Democrats than what was drawn up after the 2010 census.  Minority candidates could also get a boost.

Public hearings run from October 20 through the 26th at locations around the state.