|5/1/2019 8:48:00 AM|
Iowa County becomes latest to pass fair maps resolution
Resolution calls for nonpartisan redistricting of legislative and congressional districts
On April 16, 2019, Iowa County passed a resolution calling for a transparent nonpartisan process for the preparation of legislative and congressional electoral maps.
Seventeen Board members voted to pass the resolution and oppose partisan gerrymandering in the state of Wisconsin. Residents from around Iowa County filled the county board meeting to show support for the resolution, and others contacted their County Board Supervisor to request their vote.
With Fond du lac and Buffalo Counties also passing resolutions this week, 45 or Wisconsin's 72 counties have passed similar resolutions - a clear indication that most Wisconsin voters want a fair and transparent process that enables voters to choose their representatives rather than representatives choosing their voters. In fact, a January 2019 Marquette Law School poll found that 72% of voters want a nonpartisan process, and that includes large percentages of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.
This process is less expensive for Wisconsin taxpayers. In 2011, Iowa spent $180,000 to draw maps, including the cost of public forums to provide input from Iowa citizens. Wisconsin spent $1.9 million to draw their maps in secret, and another nearly $3.5 million in litigation costs as the maps are being challenged.
While the passage of this resolution is non-binding, it is an important message to the State Legislature and the Governor. It's a step toward making our elected representatives more accountable to voters than to donors and party leadership.
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