Woman's gerrymandering idea started with Facebook post to give voters a voice

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Two weeks until the elections and the flurry of ads may have you confused.

Certainly you've heard by now about Proposal 2 - a grassroots effort to end gerrymandering in Michigan. FOX 2 caught up with the young woman behind the movement.

"The people will ultimately have to be the ones who change this," said Katie Fahey. 

Fahey is the executive director of Voters Not Politicians. Perhaps you've seen the ads.

"Just 28 years old, she's the person behind Proposal 2. It started with a Facebook post two years ago, saying she wanted to take on gerrymandering in Michigan. 

Since then she and thousands of volunteers gathered 400,000 signatures, survived a legal challenge that went to the Michigan Supreme Court - all to get Proposal 2 on the ballot.

"It's a huge conflict of interest that politicians right now get to pick and choose their voters and they are going to want to keep it that way," Fahey said.

Her grassroots efforts have garnished enormous support from people who don't like how the lines are drawn. Currently whatever political party is in power after the census gets to decide the districts.

"Those decisions are locked in for 10 years at a time," Fahey said. "So if it ever feels like your vote doesn't matter as much as it should - it might not."

Fahey says the current system serves political interests instead of regular people.

"That's where we see things like the roads, our schools, clean water, continuously not being addressed no matter who's in charge, because politicians unfortunately don't have incentive to put us first - the incentive is to put other political interests first."

Instead, Proposal 2 would appoint a 13-member commission of Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Third Party voters to draw districts that do not give disproportionate advantage to political parties or candidates.

"Their process will also be done completely out in the open - which is very different from today

Critics call the proposal too costly - but Fahey says the current system is costing voters something even more important than money - their voice.

"Neither party is going to give up the power to draw these lines," she said. "So the only way we can change it is if the people of Michigan take action to."