Under Wisconsin’s current redistricting system, whichever party controls the legislature also has the power draw our state's voting maps. In 2011, this process resulted in “gerrymandered" congressional and state legislative districts that suppress competition in elections and deprive voters of the right to choose their representatives.
Common Cause Wisconsin has led the drive to reform our state’s redistricting process by 2021. We've worked with legislators to craft reform measures; garnered the unprecedented support of reform legislation from editorial boards of 19 major daily newspapers across the state, while helping to coordinate media coverage of this issue and calling out those legislators who do not support reform; and we have played a key role in elevating redistricting reform as an election issue.
Introduced in January 2017, Assembly Bill 44/Senate Bill 13 are 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.
1. Contact both your State Senator and your State Representative and demand they support redistricting reform legislation (Senate Bill 13 & Assembly Bill 44), which would take the drawing of state legislative and congressional districts out of the hands of partisan legislators and entrust that task to the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. This is what they do in Iowa and it is respected and trusted by everyone. Reform organizations and pro-reform legislators are united in support of the “Iowa Model.”
2. Contact State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in support of Senate Bill 13/Assembly Bill 44 and demand that they schedule a public hearing and vote on the reform legislation.
3. Contact both your State Senator and State Representative and Fitzgerald and Vos and demand that no additional taxpayer money be used to pay legal fees to defend the unconstitutional, rigged 2011 voter maps that Fitzgerald and Vos have authorized when the current lawsuit is appealed and considered by the Supreme Court of the United States.
4. Vote! Make sure you have one of the required forms of photo ID in order to vote in Wisconsin and take responsibility for 10 friends/family members to ensure that they have what is required to vote as well.
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