A Better Way to do Redistricting

The Democracy Campaign today put forward citizen-drawn maps for new state assembly and senate districts. A Better Way to do Redistricting

Email date: 7/12/11

Democracy Campaign offers alternative redistricting plan
In advance of a public hearing scheduled for tomorrow on legislative plans to redraw voting jurisdictions in Wisconsin, the Democracy Campaign today put forward citizen-drawn maps for new state assembly and senate districts. Rather than setting out to create clearly Democratic or Republican districts as state lawmakers do, we aimed to draw as many toss-up districts as possible where either party could win. Proposed redistricting reform legislation supported by the Democracy Campaign would give such an approach the force of law, taking redistricting out of the hands of partisan legislators and turning it over to two nonpartisan state agencies.

Tomorrow looks to be the only chance for the public to provide input on congressional and state legislative redistricting. A joint hearing of the senate and assembly committees dealing with the issue will start at 10 a.m. in Room 412 East in the State Capitol.

To read the testimony the Democracy Campaign will give, go here.