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Gerrymandering describes a partisan process that allows a political party to create electoral districts that are composed heavily of voters who support that party. In essence, it creates “safe” districts for their candidates. There is no uniform formula for creating these districts, but there is a national push to (1) invalidate districts that disenfranchise voters, and (2) that are created by partisan political efforts. In Wisconsin, for example, while Democrats outpolled Republicans statewide in November by ______ votes, districts drawn up by the GOP after the 2010 U.S. Census helped Republicans keep control of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate. New Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, both Democrats told voters in November that they would advocate for a nonpartisan approach to redistricting. There are also a number of court cases that also challenge gerrymandered voting districts. This is a broad topic, but we will try to keep you abreast of developments that relate to it.
Republican Assembly leader Robin Voss attacks Gov. Evers’ order establishing a commission to come up with nonpartisan redistricting plans.
Three more Republicans announce support for AB 303, which would turn redistricting over to a nonpartisan entity.
Dems asking Marquette County Board next week for support for fair maps and overturning Citizens United
Legal opinion in Ozaukee County, a Republican stronghold, derails attempt to put nonbinding referendum on the ballot
Josh Silver was one of the primary speakers at the Fair Maps Summit in Marshfield in November. Keep reading …
Sen. Baldwin was co-sponsor of the For the People Act; bill now languishing on Mitch McConnell’s desk
Health Care and the Environment emerge as top two issues of concern in Green Lake County Dems & Friends poll. Keep reading …