In 2011, Wisconsin experienced the most secretive, partisan and expensive (at over $2 million) redistricting process in state history -- resulting in dramatically less competitive State Legislative and Congressional districts. If we hope to have fair, competitive voting districts, this process needs to be delegated to an independent, non-partisan entity.

Common Cause Wisconsin has led the drive to reform our state's redistricting process by 2021. We helped draft Assembly Bill 185/Senate Bill 163, measures that delegate the map-drawing authority to the Legislative Reference Bureau, whose maps must be voted on up or down without amendment. This reform is modeled after Iowa's successful redistricting process.

We've also garnered the unprecedented support of this reform legislation from editorial boards of 19 major daily newspapers across the state, and we help coordinate media coverage of this issue -- calling out those legislators who do not support reform, while elevating redistricting reform as an election issue in 2014.

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