The Marquette County Democratic Party, with support from other members of the Four-County Coalition (Green Lake, Adams, and Warshara) is taking its efforts to promote fairness in future elections to the Marquette County Board on Tuesday evening, Jan. 21.
During the meeting, which is open to the public, Frank Buress, who ran against Republican Joan Ballweg for her seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2018, will present two two nonbinding resolutions for the Marquette County Board of Supervisors to consider. One will address redistricting inequities (Fair Maps) and the other overturning the disastrous Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at 77 W. Park Street, Montello.
The effort to obtain public support for fair maps took a hit last week when a similar attempt in Ozaukee County was stymied by a legal opinion from that county’s corporate counsel that said, in essence, that the Board could not discuss the issue because it had no legal authority over redistricting, which is a state government issue.
That opinion, which was not one put forth previously by other Wisconsin municipalities considering citizen requests for redistricting reform, allowed the Ozaukee Board to vote down the attempt to have a referendum on the ballot in that county.
To date, more than two-thirds of Wisconsin’s counties have passed some sort of motion in favor of fair maps.