The Ozaukee County Board on Wednesday declined an opportunity to join the growing list of counties taking stands again partisan redistricting. It did so after 21 supporters of a proposed nonbinding referendum that would have given voters a chance to express their opinions on the need for a nonpartisan districting process spoke in favor of the measure. No one spoke in opposition.
Their support, however, fell on deaf ears as the Board instead relied on an opinion from its corporate counsel that that the Board had no authority to even discuss a referendum affecting something it had no control over, such as redistricting. Ozaukee County is one of several counties surrounding Milwaukee County that traditionally vote Republican. All of the elected county officials are Republicans.