Robin Voss, the Republican leader of the Wisconsin State Assembly, was quoted on Monday in an article on the Wisconsin Law Journal website as saying, it’s incomprehensible how anything that was set up and supported almost entirely by Democrats could be considered nonpartisan.
“We have 5.5 million people in the state of Wisconsin,” Evers said. “I think we can come up with a bunch who are nonpartisan.”
According to the article, The commission will draw its members from all eight of the state’s congressional districts. The appointees are expected to be experts in nonpartisan redistricting. Elected officials, “public officials,” lobbyists and political party officials will be prohibited from serving.
The Legislature is now controlled by Republicans. The exact makeup of the Legislature that will vote on new maps in 2021 will be determined in November’s elections, but Republicans are expected to retain their majorities.
As reported previously in a number of articles from various sources, the respondents to a Marquette University Law School poll from January 2019, indicated that 72% of the respondents said they support plans to have a nonpartisan commission draw up electoral maps. Only 18% thought the Legislature should devise the maps.